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Walter Rosalie (Rivka)

Birth Name
First Name
Rosalie (Rivka)
Date of Birth
Place of birth
Other family members

Parents: David Ochsenmann and Eva née Walter
Siblings: Jutta m. Stern, Karl
Spouse: Max Walter
Children: Edith and Fanny


Bachgasse 5/Hartmannstraße 19/Ludwigstraße 17a (each previous count)


April 1936 emigrated to Palestine

Date of death
Place of death
Israel (cemetery Pardes Hana)


Rosalie Walter, née Ochsenmann came from a long-established Jewish family in Poppenlauer. She was born in Poppenlauer on May 23, 1880 as the youngest child of David Ochsenmann and his wife Eva Walter. She had two older siblings. Her father ran a wholesale business for eggs and butter and was an agent for mail steamers. In 1905, Rosalie married the Nuremberg merchant Max Walter who moved to Poppenlauer after the marriage. There, their two daughters Edith (*1906) and Fanny (*1911) were born.

In 1922, the family moved to Bad Kissingen where Rosalie’s husband opened a wholesale business for eggs and butter in Weidgasse. At first, their apartment was in Bachgasse and then in Hartmannstrasse. At the beginning of the 1930s, the Walter family lived in Ludwigstrasse (estate of Otto Goldstein) where they also ran their grocery shop. Since 1924, Rosalie as well as her husband Max were members of the Israelite Charity Community. 

When the situation for Jewish citizens became increasingly more difficult in the Nazi Era, Rosalie Walter and her family emigrated to Palestine. In September 1935, their daughter Edith was the first one to arrive in Jerusalem. In April of the following year, her parents also left Bad Kissingen and emigrated to Jerusalem. Her daughter Fanny, who had married in the meantime, also managed to escape with her family. They lived in her immediate neighborhood.

Rosalie’s brother Karl Ochsenmann who worked as a teacher and headmaster in Frankfort/ Main and became well-known as the author of books for young people, survived thanks to uncommon circumstances. After being imprisoned in Buchenwald Concentration Camp, he was expelled to Holland in November 1938 and was imprisoned in Westerbork Camp during the German occupation and then abducted to Bergen-Belsen. Karl Ochsenmann belonged to the roughly 240 Jewish prisoners who were allowed to emigrate from Bergen-Belsen to Palestine in July, 1944 as so-called “Exchange Jews”. They were used by the Nazis as “valuable bargaining items” in order to exchange them for German citizens or to obtain currency or raw materials. 

Only few years later, Karl Ochsenmann died in November 1946 in Kfar Haroe in Israel. 

Rosalie Walter, who called herself Rivka in Israel, died in October 1950 at the age of 70. She was buried - like the entire family - in the Pardes Hana cemetery.

family photo (from left to right): Edith, Rosalie, Max and Fanny Walter


Stadtarchiv Bad Kissingen, Meldekarte und Familienbogen Walter Max
StAW, LRA 6814, Kripo Bad Kissingen, Änderungen in der Judenkartei, Meldung vom 01.07.1936
StAW, LRA 6814, Verzeichnis der in Bad Kissingen lebenden Juden, 26.07.1935
Informationen Klaus Bub, Familienstammbaum Ochsenmann, Mail vom 27.06.2020
Informations Daniel Stern, Mails v.14.1.2023, v. 18.03.2023

Photo credits

© Daniel Stern (Urenkel)