11 September 2012
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An exhibition which captures over 60 years of history of the Reform Jewish community of south Wales is launched in Cardiff. Members have contributed archive photos from the days before their families came to Wales. Rudi Montrose (born Rosenberg) gave this photo of his father Emanuele Rosenberg outside his shop in pre-war Berlin. Rudi said he knew little about his father's family but believed he was a deserter from the Romanian army.
Alec Melech Lermon was born in Cardiff in 1940. His father, Harry, was born in 1897 in a small Russian shtetl called Kublich (in modern day Ukraine) and was one of eight children. His grandparents knew a man from the same shtetl who settled in south Wales in New Tredegar so the family ended up there, before moving to Newport and then Cardiff.
A shop in Rohrbach, Austria, circa 1938 owned by Ignatz Salamon, father of Wally, who founded Wally's Delicatessen in Cardiff. Sitting on the front step are Wally and his brothers Otto and Sigi, with their mother. Shortly after this picture was taken the family were forcibly evicted by the Nazis and moved to the Jewish ghetto in Vienna, before they came to the UK in 1939.
Desidier Golten moved to Cardiff from Zilina, Slovakia, in 1939 when his father was given the chance to start an industrial business. Desidier played the violin and attended an orchestra in Pontypridd, where he met his wife Ina Golten (pictured)
Stella Lightman was born in London after her family moved to the UK from Russia. Now living in Cardiff, she shares memories of her grandmother’s kitchen, a place where ‘everything happened’ and the household hub for her big family.
Born in Berlin in 1925, Rudi Montrose (originally Rosenberg) left Germany as a teenager to join his mother's parents in Manchester in 1938. He served in the British Army from 1943 to 1947, and later became an optician in Cardiff. He was one of the first people to be interviewed for the Hineni history project, but died a few months later. The painting is a recreation of the passport photo of his paternal grandmother, which his father had painted after he left Romania for Berlin.
The wedding of Rudi Montrose's parents Emanuele Rosenberg and Rose Brummer in Berlin in 1920. The exhibition - Hineni - is on show at the Cardiff Story museum until 28 September and then goes on tour around the UK.