France­honour­swartime re­sis­tance fighter, 92

The Jewish Chronicle - - News - BY SI­MON ROCKER

AN OR­THO­DOX woman liv­ing in Manch­ester has been awarded one of France’s high­est hon­ours for her war­time ac­tiv­i­ties on be­half of the French re­sis­tance.

Rose Warf­man, 92, a re­tired nurse and so­cial worker, has be­come an of­fi­cer of the Le­gion of Hon­our, hav­ing pre­vi­ously been made a knight of the or­der 50 years ago.

Be­fore the war, she worked for the Jewish so­cial ser­vices in Paris, where col­leagues in­cluded the widow of Al­fred Drey­fus. Af­ter the Nazi in­va­sion, she joined her sis­ter An­toinette and brother-in-law Rabbi David Feuer­w­erker in Brive-la-Gaillarde in the south of the coun­try and be­came an agent for the re­sis­tance move­ment, Com­bat. She also helped Jewish refugees dur­ing the war. She was ar­rested in 1944 and de­ported to Auschwitz, but was spared the gas cham­bers on the in­ter­ven­tion of Josef Men­gele af­ter he dis­cov­ered she spoke Ger­man.

In 1947, she played a key role in the story of The Ex­o­dus, the refugee ship in­tended to carry Holo­caust sur­vivors to a new life in Is­rael, ar­rang­ing doc­u­men­ta­tion to en­able the pas­sen­gers to travel. She moved to Manch­ester from Paris 13 years ago to be nearer to her chil­dren, Chan­nah and Bernard. Her son is a dayan.

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