Rose Cohen

Rose Cohen

Dr. Rose Lerer Cohen is a family and lineage researcher, writer and lecturer. She is a member of APG. She has been researching her Lithuanian ancestors for almost 20 years. She is the author of The Holocaust in Lithuania 1941-145: A Book of Remembrance and has written numerous articles on genealogy and history and lectured on a varied number of topics relating to Genealogy. She is the current editor of Sharsheret Hadorot, the Journal of the Israel Genealogical Society.

She draws on her experience on her many years of genealogical and historical research, and is updated with new developments in the vibrant world of genealogy. Her research is dynamic interdisciplinary thus drawing on the various disciplines such as sociology, anthropology and history which play an important role family research.

She specializes in Holocaust and Israeli research and has a vast knowledge of the holdings archives in Israel. She also researches in Eastern Europe and South Africa. Has an interest in Oral History and coordinated the International Slave Labour Interviewing Project for the University of Hagen, Germany in South Africa and Lithuania and initiated the Southern African Oral History Project. You can see more of Rose Cohen's work at

List of Publications:

Lerer Cohen, R. and Issroff, S. (2002) The Holocaust in Lithuania: A Book of Remembrance. Gefen: Jerusalem

Sepharadim in the Baltics: Fact or Fiction Sharsheret Hadorot, March 2010

The Children's Archive at the International Tracing Service Avotaynu; Sumer 2009

Litauen 1941-144 Sklaven- und Zwangsarbeiter erinnern sich in von Plato A., Leh, A. And Thonfeld C. (2008) Lebensgeschictliche Analysen zur Zwangsarbeit im internationalen Vergleich. Wien: Boehlau Verlag)

(English Translation: von Plato A., Leh, A. and Thonfeld C. (2010) Hitler's Slaves. Life Stories of Forced Laborers in Nazi Occupied Europe New York and Cambridge: Berghahn Books.)

The Paper Tombstone - Visiting the ITS archives at Bad Arolsen Sharsheret Hadorot June 2008

The Southern African Oral History Project: A Survey of South African Jews in Israel in Oikos, Lithuanian Migration and Diaspora Studies 2007 Nr.3 pp. 51-61

Resilience and Achievement: A Case Study of Lithuanian Child Holocaust Survivors (2005) PhD. Dissertation

Photo Research for: Roth, J.(2001) The Holocaust Chronicle: A History in Words and Pictures. Publications International Ltd

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Favorite genealogy quote:

"By giving a person a name, you are bringing them back to life" - Serge Klarsfeld

What are your specific genealogical interests?

Holocaust History and Research, Southern African Genealogy, Israeli Genealogical Research, Eastern Europe - focusing on the Baltic States.

What got you into genealogy?

Wanting to know from whence I came, my father spoke very little of his family history and roots.

Most surprising genealogical find:

The find was not surprising but heart rending, after more that 15 years of research I found the names of my 5 first cousins who were murdered in the Holocaust in Lithuania in 1941.

If you could find the family history of any historical great, who would it be and why?

I would prefer to find the family history of a man in the street as it is he who could tell the most interesting story. If I were to choose an historical great, I would choose Nelson Mandela as over and above his incredible qualities, he is also a creative thinker. The family researcher should possess this quality - the ability to think out of the box and thus break down brick walls

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