The Author, Josef Rosin, About Himself
I am a native of Kybartai (Lithuania). I was born on January 24, 1922 to Hayah (nee Leibovitz) from Marijampole and Yehudah Leib Rosin from Sudargas (Lithuania). They were the owners of a paper and stationary shop in Kibart (the Yiddish name of the town).
I received my elementary and high school education in Kibart, Virbalis and Marijampole. During the years 1939 to 1941 I was a student at the Civil Engineering Faculty of the Kovno (Kaunas) University.
my home for the last time on Friday, June 20, 1941, just two days
German invasion into the USSR began. My
parents and my sister stayed in Kibart and were
murdered together with all the Jews of the town in July of the same
year. I was
in the Kovno Ghetto for more than two and a half years until the
February 1944 when I escaped into the woods (first into the Rudniki
later into the Naliboki forests in
remained there until the liberation by the Red Army. In August 1944 I
to Kovno. At the end of March 1945, I joined a group of young
who determined that we should leave Europe and make our way to Eretz
Yisrael; we became part of
the movement that became known as
the "Brikhah" (Flight) movement. I left Lithuania and after the
of the illegal travel through Poland, Slovakia, Rumania, Hungary,
Italy, I arrived in Eretz Yisrael
on October 24, 1945 on a ship of "Ma'apilim" (Illegal Immigrants). During the stay in Rumania I married
Cypkewitz) from Wloclawek, who had made a similarly difficult journey
We lived in Kibbutz Beth-Zera
in the Jordan Valley for nine
months. In the autumn of 1946
and moved to
the aim of continuing my studies at the Civil Engineering Faculty of
Technion. I was accepted in the second course (as a second year
after a further year delay because of the War of Independence; I
studies in 1950 with the degree of Engineer. In 1958 I received my
Agricultural Engineering from the Technion, the Israel Institute of
the War of Independence I served in the Air Force in the Aerial
Unit and was discharged with the rank of Staff Sergeant. I served in
Reserves until the age of 54.
During the years 1950-1952 I worked at the Water Department of the Ministry of Agriculture and with the establishment of "Water Planning for Israel" (Tahal), I joined this firm, where I worked until my retirement on the first of April 1987. For more than twenty years I held the position of Head of the Drainage and Development Department of that firm.
1989, I published my "Memoirs" in Hebrew and in 1994 in English.
the years 1987 through 1994 I wrote many entries for the Hebrew book Encyclopedia
of the Jewish Communities in Lithuania (Pinkas Hakehilot-Lita) and participated in publishing this book as
Assistant Editor. This book was published by Yad Vashem in 1996, edited
In 2001 and 2002 I acted as the assistant editor for the publication of the Memorial Book of the Jewish Community of Yurburg, Lithuania-Translation and Update.
recently I wrote two books on the history of 52 Lithuanian Jewish
Our Litvak Heritage, Volumes I and II, published by JewishGen in
I live in Haifa, Israel and have a married son and a married daughter and four grandchildren.