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Schuster Rosa

Birth Name
First Name
Rosa (Rosel)
Date of Birth
Place of birth
Other family members

Parents: Seligmann Blumhof and Karoline née Apt 
Siblings: Berta, Fanny, Mayer, Hermann, Julius, Siegfried, August, Jenny
Spouse: Julius Schusterexterner Link


Promenadestraße 5a (old count)


April 1940 emigrated to New York via Genoa 

Date of death
Place of death
Miami Beach, FL


Rosa (Rosel) Schuster, née Blumhof, was born on April 11, 1898 in Grebenau in the middle-Hessian District of Vogelberg. She came from a long-established Jewish family, whose roots in Grebenau can be traced back to the 18th century. Her parents were Seligmann Blumhof, a butcher, and his wife Karoline, née Apt, who had been born in Breitenbach near Kassel. Rosa Blumhof grew up in a family with many children together with eight siblings, most of whom were younger than her. 

In August 1935, she married the merchant Julius Schuster, who was 20 years her senior, in Bad Kissingen and moved into the Franconian spa town. Her husband ran a business in Lindesmühlpromenade during the spa season (called ‘Noris-Magazin’ (Noris-Storeroom) in the Bad Kissingen directory). In the winter months, the couple lived in Frankfort/ Main. In October 1938, they left Bad Kissingen for good and lived in Frankfort till their emigration. Only after the beginning of the war – in Spring 1940 – Rosa and Julius Schuster succeeded in fleeing to the United States via Genova. There, they were at first received in New York by Julius’ son Max. 

Rosa’s parents died in Frankfort before their names were put on the deportation lists. Of Rosa’s six siblings who were still alive in the Nazi Era, her youngest sister Jenny managed to flee to Switzerland, Siegfried emigrated to England, and August survived in the United States. On the other hand, her siblings Berta, Fanny and Mayer were deported from Frankfort and murdered in the extermination camps in Eastern Europe.

Rosa Schuster with her one year old nephew Bari Blumhof

Only little is known about Rosa’s further life. Her husband Julius died in Manhattan in August 1949. In the early 1960s Rosa moved to Florida. She outlived her husband by nearly 50 years and died in Florida in August 1996 at the age of 98. 


Stadtarchiv Bad Kissingen, Meldekarten
Stadtarchiv Bad Kissingen, Adressbuch 1928/30
Datenbank Ancestry,  New York, Passagier- und Besatzungslisten (einschließlich Castle Garden und Ellis Island), 1820-1957externer Link
Datenbank Ancestry, New York, bundesstaatliche und föderale Einbürgerungsregister, 1794-1943 externer Link
Datenbank Social Security Index, Eintrag Rose Schusterexterner Link
Datenbank Genicomexterner Link
Christopher Kuehn, Familienstammbaum "Descendants of Bär Blumhof" (Dem Stammbaum von C. Kuehn verdanken wird die Klärung der genealogischen Zusammenhänge der Blumhof-Familie)
Informationen Bari Blumhof, Mail vom 17.07.2021

Photo credits

© Bari Blumhof (Neffe von Rosa Schuster)