The Cigar Factory of Isay Rottenberg: The Hidden History of a Jewish Entrepreneur in Nazi Germany
Isay Rottenberg was born in Russian Poland in and grew up in Lodz, moving to Amsterdam on the occasion of his marriage. In he moved to Germany to take over a bankrupt cigar factory. It was the most modern at the time. Rottenberg was certain he could bring it back to life, and with newly hired staff of 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 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.