"The Cigar Factory of Isay Rottenberg"
Tuesday, March 28, 2023 | 7 PM
Isay Rottenberg was born in Russian Poland in 1889 and grew up in Lodz, moving to Amsterdam when he married. In 1932 he moved to Germany to take over a bankrupt cigar factory. The energetic and ambitious Rottenberg was certain he could bring it back to life, and with newly hired staff of 670 workers, the cigar factory was soon back in business. Six months later, Hitler came to power and the Nazi government forbade the use of machines in the cigar industry so that traditional hand-rollers could be re-employed. The factory was expropriated by the Deutsche Bank. The Cigar Factory of Isay Rottenberg is written by two of Rottenberg’s granddaughters, who knew little of their grandfather’s past until a call for claims for stolen or confiscated property started them on a journey of discovery.