Accession consists of textual and graphic material documenting the activities of the Rotenberg family and Hertzel Rotenberg. The Rotenberg family material includes family photographs, documents pertaining to the will and estate of Rivka and Louis Rotenberg, income tax papers for Max and Sarah Rotenberg, and an invitation to a dance in honour of Leila Rotenberg. Also included are records relating to the family business, L. Rotenberg and Sons Ltd. This includes an indenture (1916) and a ledger relating to mortgage loans given out by the business.
The bulk of the Hertzel Rotenberg material are photographs. Included are family portraits, school photos, a hockey team photo, images of the Toronto Ski Club at Haileybury, portraits of Hertzel, summer camp photos from various camps (Camp Winnebago, Camp Hiawatha, and Camp Wabi-kon Timagami), Pi Lambda Phi fraternity group photos, images likely taken at the family cottage, military portraits of Hertzel and images of him at Grossingers and attendending other events with family and friends. Also included is correspondence, newspaper clippings, Hertzel's report cards and immigration papers for the United States, and certificates.
Identified in the photographs are: Louis Rotenberg, Rivka Rotenberg, Max Rotenberg, Sara Rotenberg, Marc Rotenberg, Cyril Rotenberg, Hertzel Rotenberg, Anne Rotenberg, Risa Rotenberg Sam Factor, and Murray Koffler.
Material was in the possession of Risa and Anne Rotenberg. Some of the material was inherited by Risa and Anne from their parents. The Hertzel Rotenberg material was inherited directly by Risa after Hertzel's death. She was the executor of his estate and found the material while cleaning out his home.
Louis (Elazar / Loozer) Rotenberg (b. 17 Feb. 1863-d. 31 Dec. 1936) immigrated to Toronto in 1893. He was possibly the first Jew to immigrate to Toronto from Ivansk, Poland. He had married Rivka (nee Cukier) (b. 9 Jan. 1864-d. 4 Jun. 1956) in 1883. She followed him to Toronto with their four children in 1895. They had an additional five children in Toronto. Their children were: Harry (b. 31 Oct. 1884-d. 26 May 1937), Max (Mordechai) (b. 25 Dec. 1886-d. 8 May 1958), Louis (Leibish) (b. 14 Dec. 1885-d. 24 Dec. 1961), Meta (b. 12 July 1892-d. 26 July 1954), Meyer (b. 9 Mar. 1894-d. 25 Jun. 1958), Charlie (b. 5 Aug. 1897-d. 21 Sept. 1949), Naftali Hertz (b. Jun. 1899-d. Feb. 1971), Zechariah (b. 1902-d. at age 4 in 1906), and Hilda (b. 16 Jun. 1904-d. 25 Mar. 1999). Louis opened a banking, steamship and insurance office in Toronto with three of his sons (Louis Jr., Harry and Max) in 1916. The business eventually became known as Rotenberg's Ltd. Louis passed away in 1936.
Hertzel Rotenberg was born in Toronto to Max and Sara (nee Lavine) Rotenberg on July 27, 1923. He had two brothers: Marcus (b. 30 May 1925) and Cyril (b. 9 Mar. 1920). Hertzel studied medicine at the University of Toronto and served in the Canadian army's medical corps during the Second World War. After the war, he practiced medicine in the United States and joined the US army. He eventually worked as an ear, nose and throat doctor in Buffalo. In the 1970s he married Cecylia. He passed away in Florida in 2011.