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The surname Rosochocki barely appears in the historical records of the family; nevertheless, it has been essential to prove some significant facts.

"Energy is the basis of everything. Every Jew, no matter how insignificant, is engaged in some decisive and immediate pursuit of a goal. It is the most perpetual people of the earth..." - Johann Wolfgang von Goethe[248].

The name Rosochocki seems to be pretty uncommon in Poland, with only about 64 records listed as search according to JewishGen using a phonetical algorithm, in Lomza, Piotrkow, Siedlice and Suwalki[201]. Using other algorithms such as Soundex more results are obtained from searcher performed on historical records but after a quick review it becomes evident that the surnames obtained are by far too different or too diverse to consider them as variants of the original surname.

The first time that we came across this surname was while reviewing assets of the Skowronek family around the world. So we found asset A5165[210.1], listed to the name of Pesakh Skowronek - Rosochocki, from Warsaw, unclaimed and in Israel. This suggests means that Pesakh was a member of the same Skowronek family as us since all the Jewish people called Skowronek from Warsaw belonged to the same family. There are also records indicating that the Blat and Rosochocki families were related [202.1][202.2].

Another thing to consider is that anyone having a bank account on a different country - in this case Israel, or more properly speaking, before 1948 in the British Mandate in Palestine - today or, like in this case, before WWII depicts a person that had money to spare or invest elsewhere and some level of financial sophistication and resources.

Families of industrialists and bankers fit that description, so there was no doubt that Pesakh was part of the Skowronek banking family. Then, there are more assets in today's Israel that belong to the family: Jozef Skowronek's bank had an account there, the Skowroneks from Antwerp - cousins of those from Warsaw - also had accounts there, plus other assets bearing the names of members of the same family with different surnames.

According to existing documentation as well as what my grandmother said - one of the few survivors of the family - they invested heavily in the British Mandate territories. The number of assets listed bearing the names of people that indeed belonged to the extended family confirms what my grandmother described.

Needless to say, we started the proceedings to legally claim those assets whether for us or for any other possible survivor of the same family closer to the direct owners like Pesakh than we are, if inheritance laws say so. We can, by these procedures, say that there are indeed heirs to the assets but it will be the decision of the legal custodians of the assets and a court of law to enforce the succession according to proper legal form. So we don't know if we will get them at this point (2013), or if they will go to more or less distant relatives that we know or do not know about, but the point is that the capital in question will return to the family in one way or another.

However, all the Pesakhs that we knew so far within the family lived at times other than the period of time just before WWII or were married or descended from women for which we know the surnames and could not come from Rosochocki. So, if were are not wrong and there is no other information that we still don not know about, this particular Pesakh is a newly-found relative, and that is not surprising considering that even today a good deal of the Holocaust victims remain unknown and most of the members of the Skowronek family were murdered during WWII, leaving almost no one to tell about the past.

Marriages included in the Rosochocki records indicate that in Sokolow Podlaski Khaia Zonenberg married Dawid Rosochocki in 1829, and Gitla Stejnberg married Nusko Rosochocki in 1881. We do not have any other records regarding this people that might allow us to put them on the Skowronek family tree yet but they are without doubt, related: Zonenberg could be interpreted either as Sonnneberg, which is a surname found related in Warsaw on the side of the Rozen family (see Yad Vashem Pages of Testimony), Rozenkranz, Erlich and Schoenberg as well thorough the marriage of Hersz Sonnenberg[1.235] and Rajzla Schoenberg[1.234], or as a variant of Schoenberg.

Then, Stejnberg as such is also a related surname but there are also cases in which this surname is really a deformation of Schoenberg. So, in this case, the odds are 50% on the fact that the Rosochocki family was directly related to Blat and Skowronek via the Schoenberg family, to which both are related, especially considering the small size of the whole set of people named Rosochocki at the time, in Poland. Then, the other odds - 25% and 25% - for the other surnames also bespeak of a relationship.

It is worth to remember that composite surnames such as Skowronek - Rosochocki among families of Jewish origin frequently appear as the result of the combination of the surnames of groom and bride, or in order to let a dormant or dying surname survive. Hence, they are an indication of familiar relationships of prior generations. In this case, and taking into account that we know most surnames on the female lines of the Skowroneks, the most likely scenario is that Pesakh belonged to a yet-unknown but active branch - before WWII - of the family in Warsaw, and that for that particular branch almost all documents and members disappeared during the Holocaust.

There are a few direct link found to a families of the Gesinde[1][228]:

B: Blat.

G: Gandlarz.

K: Kot.

S: Mordzka.

R: Rzeszotkowski

S: Schoenberg, Skowronek, Sonnenberg, Steinberg.

This leads us to the suspicion that either the Rosochocki family was a little bit bigger and became directly related to Blat and Skowronek, or some direct ancestor of both families was a Rosochocki, because using a double surname such as Skowronek - Rosochocki is usually found within such a context.


Auth: P. Edronkin.
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