Person - Rosenstein, Herman (1915-1996)

Rosenstein, Herman (1915-1996)




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Brooklyn (Nueva York, Estados Unidos)  1916-02-06 - 1996-04-08


Herman Rosenstein was born on February 6, 1915, Brooklyn, New York, under the name Hyman Rosentein. During the Depression he worked as a bookkeeper for the William Morris Agency in New York City. He also worked as a salesman and stenographer. He was a member of the Communist Party since April 27, 1936, and member of the Young Communist League since same year, and member of the American Labor Party since 1937.

When Rosenstein declared that he was going to Spain to join the antifascists in the International Brigades, his mother tried to prevent it by taking away his passport, but he procured another one, using his mother’s maiden name, Klein.

He sailed on May 29, 1937 aboard the "Britannic" and arrived in Spain on June 18, 1937. Served with the 15th International Brigade. He received training in the Mackenzie-Papineau Battalion and served with the Company 1 of the Lincoln-Washington Battalion at Quinto and Belchite. His last unit was the Company 3 of the Lincoln-Washington Battalion with the rank of Private. Distinguishing himself in battle, he was promoted to Sergeant. He remained in Spain until the International Brigades were evacuated from the country in the winter of 1938.

He returned to the US on December 20, 1938 aboard the "Ausonia" and in March 13, 1941, he enlisted with the Armed forces. During the Second World War, Rosenstein was a first-aid worker, seeing action in the Pacific and in Europe.

After the war, he worked as an auto mechanic, an electrician, a warrant officer, and later on the Housing Commission in Santa Monica, California. He participated in Vietnam anti-war marches and supported numerous other political causes. He remained involved with the Veterans of the Abraham Lincoln Brigade (VALB) throughout his life.

Since 1941, he was married with his wife, Mildred. They had a son, Paul, who became mayor of Santa Monica, and a daughter, Frances. They moved from New York to Los Angeles in 1958 and to Santa Monica in 1980. Rosenstein died on April 8, 1996 and buried at the Los Angeles National Cemetery.

Spanish Civil War, 1936-1939

Date of the event: 1936 - 1939

World War, 1939-1945

Date of the event: 1939 - 1945







United States

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Brooklyn (Nueva York, Estados Unidos) in 1916-02-06





Martínez Reverte, Jorge (2014), Martínez Reverte, Jorge, Guerrilleros y traidores. De la guerra de España a la guerra fría. Madrid, Círculo de Lectores, 2014

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Brigadas Internacionales (España)

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