Rosen And Sladek Family Papers
- Sladek, Daniel, 1965- (Person)
Biographical / Historical
Clara Rosen was born in Denver, Colorado, in 1913 to Russian Jewish immigrants, Samuel Castille Rosen and Zelda Goldberg Rosen. Samuel Rosen immigrated to the United States in 1904, later joining his brother in Denver. Samuel and Zelda Rosen had 13 children, and the family lived on Denver's west side, where many Jewish immigrants resided. Clara Rosen was a coloatura sprano and was a lead vocalist with the Joe Mann Orchestra. Clara Rosen married Joseph Rosen, and they had four children. Joseph Rosen's immigrant parents, Samuel and Anna Rosen, moved to Denver in 1918. When Samuel Rosen died in 1921 of tuberculosis, Anna started a kosher restaurant and Joseph became a newsboy for the Denver Post. Joseph started as a helper for his future brothers-in-law, Max and Al Rosen.
Hyman Rosen was born in Denver in 1916, the third youngest of the thirteen children of Samuel and Zelda Rosen. In 1922, at the age of five, Hy Rosen became a newsboy for the Denver Post, and continued selling papers for eight years. He also sold water on Lookout Mountain near Golden, Colorado. In the late 1930s, Hy Rosen married Rose Levitt of Denver and they moved to Alamosa, Colorado to operate an auto wrecking yard. Later the Rosens moved to Orange County in California where Hyman Rosen died in 2000.
Selma Rosen married Osi Sladek whose family had escaped from the Nazis in Slovakia. He began entertaining people as a child during World War II in Hungary. Osi Sladek was born in Czechoslovakia in 1935 to a father who was a Czechoslovakian composer and first violinist of the Kassa Philharmonic. The family fled from the Nazis into the Tatra mountains before escaping through the Russian front. He learned to play accordion at the age of fourteen and later received musical education along with Hebraic and secular studies. At the age of eighteen, he became the youngest published song writer in Israel. He served in the Israeli Army from 1954 to 1957 and began a folk singing career. In 1958 he became part of the folk music revival in California. Selma Rosen and Osi Sladek met and married in California and then later settled in Denver, Colorado. The couple became the parents of four children, including film producer Daniel Sladek and historian Ron Sladek.
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- Compact discs
- Folk music
- Folk singers
- Holocaust survivors
- Holocaust, Jewish (1939-1945)
- Immigrants -- Colorado -- Denver
- Jewish musicians
- Jews -- Colorado -- Denver
- Paperboys -- Colorado -- Denver
- Rosen family
- Rosen, Clara, 1913-2007 (Contributor)
- Rosen, Hyman, 1916-2000
- Sladek family
- Sladek, Osi
- Sladek, Selma
- West Colfax (Denver, Colo.)
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