As the tireless head of the Department of Children’s Emigration in the Reich Association of Jews in Germany, Käte Rosenheim managed to save over seven thousand Jewish children from the Nazis. Rosenheim studied at Alice Salomon’s Women’s School for Social Work and the University of Berlin, but during WWI she went into government service. She spent three years in the Women’s Professional Bureau and two years in the women’s department of the War Office before becoming personal secretary to Carl Severing, Prussian Reich Minister of the Interior, in 1919. In 1930 she transferred to the welfare department of the Berlin Police, but she was fired for her religion in 1933. She then joined the Reich Association of Jews in Germany, organizing kindertransports to rescue over 7,250 Jewish children. She accompanied several transports, but always returned, and begged other social workers to return as well to avoid giving the Nazis a reason to shut down the program. In 1940 she resigned and fled Germany for America, working as a social worker in New York and San Francisco before finally retiring at age sixty-five.
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Jewish Women's Archive. "Käte Rosenheim." (Viewed on March 22, 2019) <https://jwa.org/people/rosenheim-k-te>.