Henriette ROCHWERG, née RIOMANN
Information and photos compiled by Annie Rochwerg d’Enfert, Henriette’s cousin, to serve as a basis for a volunteer class to continue with the research with the help of the Convoy 77 association, which has an extensive collection of archives at its disposal.
Henriette Riomann was born in the 18th district of Paris on November 2, 1896. Her parents, Salomon Riomann and Sarah Ratmann were originally from Kiev, in the Ukraine. Her father was a shoemaker and her mother had a store in the Four Seasons gallery. In 1925, at the age of 28, Henriette married Salomon Rochwerg, a cabinetmaker and antique dealer. Salomon was born in Ozarow in Poland and had lived in France since 1914. They had an only daughter, Irene, born in 1926.
Henriette was general supervisor of an orphanage founded by the Union of French Jews, the UGIF (Union Générale des Jews of France) located at 30, rue saint-Hilaire in La Varenne, in the Val de Marne department.
On Saturday 22 July, 1944 a roundup took place at the orphanage. By order of SS Captain Aloïs
Brunner, Nazi soldiers and collaborators invaded the building. In the midst of indescribable chaos, 28 Jewish children between the ages of 4 and 11 were arrested and taken to the Drancy camp. They were deported, along with the supervisory staff, including Henriette Rochwerg, on July 31, 1944 on Convoy No. 77, and murdered in Auschwitz a few days later.
A commemorative plaque has been erected in the Hillel centre in La Varenne, which has since replaced the orphanage.
Birth and death years: 1896-1944
Place of birth: Paris
Town where arrested: La Varenne-Saint-Hilaire, 94120 St-Maur-des-Fossés
Age when arrested: 48
Contributor: Annie Rochwerg
Parents: Salomon Riomann (1849-1963) and Sarah Ratmann (1860-1941)
Spouse: Salomon Rochwerg (1888-1960)
Marriage: 28 May 1925
Child: Irène (1926-2013)
Annie Rochwerg d’Enfert, Henriette’s cousin.