Here is what we know:
1. He was Jewish, and would be in a concentration camp for some time before going to France, Britain and finally the U.S.
2. During the 1920s he was a driver of distinction; According to Richard von Frankenberg he raced Mercedes cars between 1925 and 1928, finished 2nd in the 1929 German Grand Prix in a SSK, 2nd in the opening race at the Nurburgring in 1927 in an S, and bested Caracciola at the Freiburg Hill-Climb in 1927. He also won his class once at the Klausenpass-Climb.
3. According to von Frankenberg he resigned from his position at Porsche in January 1933 "a few hours before Hitler came to power, which he must of foreseen together with all the consequences likely to arise;"
3a. von Frankenberg suggests that there was conflict at the Design Bureau between Rosenberger and the engineers over expenses. (Who knows what that means?)
4. Von Frankenberg then goes on to state "he went to America and changed his name." True, but not right away.
5. Also according to von Frankenberg, Rosenberger was involved directly in the design of the Audi Silver Arrow in 1932: "In fact, his [Ferdinand Porsche] technical mind was excited by it [a formula scar of 750 kg] and on November 1932 a calculation sheet came into being, handwritten by Rabe, based on facts discussed by Dr. Porsche, Kales, Rosenberger, and Rabe. The sheet forecast quite accurate technical data for the future Auto-Union racing car; A V-16 engine, with cylinders set at an included angle of 45 degrees; maximum Rpm at first 4,500 (to be increased later to 6,000), maximum speed of 182 mph, bore 68, stroke 75 mm, cubic capacity 4,358 cc, 7:1 compression ratio.
German Grand Prix, Rosenberger was involved in one of the numerous accidents in treacherous conditions. He survived a crash into the timekeepers' box, but killed the three occupants."
6. According to Wikipedia: His successes and records included wins at Avus, Stuttgart Solitude in 1924 and 1925, the Kasseler Herkules Hillclimb and the Klausenpassrennen. At the 1926
7.According to Wikipedia: "Despite Rosenberger's contribution to the development of German automobiles and German auto racing when Hitler came to power in Germany Adolf Rosenberger, a Jew, was arrested for racial crimes, and imprisoned at KZ Schloss Kislau near Karlsruhe. He was released, supposedly due to unconfirmed efforts on his behalf by Dr. Porsche, but he was forced to leave Germany immediately. He emigrated to France, and later to Great Britain, representing Porsche GmbH in both of those countries. He immigrated to the United States in 1939 and in 1944 he became an US-citizen under the name of Alan Arthur Robert. He moved to California where he was active in motorsports and the automobile business. He died in Los Angeles, California in 1967.
|ARRIVAL DATE:||11 Jan 1938|
|BIRTH DATE:||abt 1901|
|BIRTH LOCATION OTHER:||Pforzheim|
|ETHNICITY/ NATIONALITY:||French;German (French)|
|PLACE OF ORIGIN:||France|
|FRIEND'S NAME:||H J Roeder|
|PORT OF DEPARTURE:||Le Havre, France|
|PORT OF ARRIVAL:||New York, New York|
|SHIP NAME:||Ile De France|
|SEARCH SHIP DATABASE:||Search for the Ile De France in the 'Passenger Ships and Images'|
8.According to an article written a few years ago in Der Spiegel;
Thanks to Terry Ryno for information!
|Photo of Rosenberger taken in the 1920s|
|Rosenberger and the wheel of the Benz Tropfenwagen|
|f Ferry Porsche (left) and Adolf Rosenberger (right) sitting in the Maikäfer prototype (1931) | Front cover of Motor-Kritik issue 21 from early November 1931 with the picture of Porsche and Rosenberger in the Maikäfer|
|Wanted: more information on this man's life!|