Dr. Howard and Mrs. Ann (Greenbaum) Rosenberg
Dr. Howard and Mrs. Ann (Greenbaum) Rosenberg established two Stockton University Foundation award programs: the Jadzia and David Greenbaum Memorial Endowed Scholarship and Leroy and Henrietta Rosenberg
Memorial Endowed Scholarship.
Jadzia and David Greenbaum Memorial Endowed Scholarship
The Rosenbergs established this endowed scholarship fund in memory of Jadzia and David Greenbaum, who met and fell in love in the displaced person’s camp in Germany after World War II.
David Greenbaum was born in Będzin, Poland on March 15, 1922. He attended public school for seven years before training in furniture making. In 1940, David was deported to the forced labor camp Gross-Rosen in Germany, where he worked as a carpenter. He was moved throughout camps in Germany until the end of the war. After the war he was chosen to be one of several Jewish Displaced Persons given responsibility for creating and organizing the Zeilsheim Displaced Persons Camp, eventually becoming chief of the Zeilsheim Displaced Persons Police.
Jadzia (Jeanette) Altman Greenbaum was born in Będzin, Poland on July 23rd, 1925, also a courageous survivor of the Holocaust. In 1942, she was taken to a slave labor camp at Grünberg, Poland and was later moved throughout camps in Poland and Germany. She survived a death march that ended in Bergen-Belsen. She was near death at liberation. Soon after, she was told that the other members of her family had not survived. After the war, she went to the Zeilsheim Displaced Persons Camp where she met David.
David and Jadzia were married in 1946. They immigrated to America in 1949 where David worked as a furniture maker in New York City until 1951 when they bought a chicken farm in McKee City, New Jersey. In 1957 they moved to Margate, N.J. and together, built a successful construction business. Both Jadzia and David Greenbaum were resilient, coming to America after the war to start a new life despite limited funds and no employment. In spite of the evil they had endured, they were kind and loving people who taught their children and grandchildren to judge people by their actions. They were exemplary role models. They were both active leaders in the Jewish community. Jadzia was a member of Stockton College’s Holocaust Resource Center Executive Committee for many years. David, who died in 1994, and Jadzia, who passed away in 2013, are survived by their four children, seven grandchildren, and twelve great-grandchildren.
Leroy and Henrietta Rosenberg Memorial Endowed Scholarship
In addition, Ann and Howard, son and daughter-in-law of Leroy and Henrietta Rosenberg, created the Leroy and Henrietta Rosenberg Memorial Endowed Scholarship, a fund for the benefit of undergraduate students who are graduates of Atlantic City High School. They established this endowed scholarship fund in memory of Leroy and Henrietta Rosenberg, who met at Atlantic City High School and graduated in 1925 as members of one of the earliest classes in the “new” building on Albany Avenue.
Henrietta was born in 1908, the youngest of six daughters of Harry and Ethel Tenenbaum, immigrants who had a farm near Schwenksville, Pennsylvania. Though it is now on the outskirts of the Philadelphia metropolitan area, back then it was far away from the city. Henrietta and her sisters had many adventures which they loved to recall, bringing back happy memories and lots of laughter. Her father, who was older than her mother, died when Henrietta was only 9.
Leroy was born in 1907 in Camden, the oldest of two sons. His parents, Max and Regina, were also immigrants who worked making cigars in what was likely a “sweatshop”. After a while they were able to move to Atlantic City where his father, Max, become owner of a small grocery store, “Rosenberg’s Market”, at the corner of Rhode Island and Melrose Avenues.
Leroy and Henrietta met at Atlantic City High School. After graduation, Leroy worked with his father in the grocery store. Henrietta worked as a bookkeeper. Like everyone else of their generation, two great influences on their lives were the great depression, and World War II. During the war, Leroy served with the U.S. Army in Italy. Henrietta worked as a welder in the Baltimore Ship Yards. In the years following the war, they had two children, Howard (ACHS class of 1965) and Ethel (ACHS class of 1967). In the 1950’s, with Leroy’s father in declining health and the children in school, Henrietta joined Leroy full time in the grocery. He was usually stationed in the back at the meat counter, and she was the cashier at the front counter. In 1973, after many years of working on their feet 6 long days every week, they retired. Leroy died in 1976, and Henrietta in 1977, both 69 years old.
Leroy and Henrietta taught their family many lessons by their words and actions. Among those that stand out in memory are the kindness, honesty and respect they showed to everyone who came into the store, regardless of the person’s background or station in life. Another lesson was the importance of education. Even though they did not go to college, they made sure that their children were able to do so. For these reasons, Howard and Ann Greenbaum Rosenberg (both ACHS class of 1965) are pleased to honor their memory with this scholarship.