Norman Rosenbaum, fighter for justice for his brother, dies in Melbourne

July 29, 2020 by  
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Melbourne rabbinical student Yankel Rosenbaum was killed in the 1991 Crown Heights riots in New York and his barrister brother Norman who fought for justice in Yankel’s case has died in Melbourne at 63.

Norman Rosenbaum

The riots were sparked off when a vehicle in a motorcade carrying the Lubavitcher Rebbe Menachem Mendel Schneerson struck two children of Guyanese immigrants. A seven-yr-old child died and the other suffered serious injuries.

During the subsequent riots, 29-yr-old Yankel was stabbed to death by a mob of youths.

Norman Rosenbaum fought for years to bring Yankel’s killer to justice but he also formed a bond with the father of the boy who was killed.

He told media in 2016: “You never compare tragedies and losses of life, but when you experience a loss of this magnitude there’s a bond that is created.”

Henry Greener has spoken with members of the Melbourne community who were close to Norman Rosenbaum.





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