Angelica Adelstein-Rozeanu

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Angelica Rozeanu, 1955

Angelica Rozeanu (birth name Adelstein ; born October 15, 1921 in Bucharest , Romania , † February 21, 2006 in Haifa , Israel ) was a Romanian athlete. With 17 World Cup titles, she is the most successful table tennis player in the world to date (2006). She has won the individual world championship six times and since 1955 has been the last European to win the women's individual world championship title.


Angelica Adelstein was born in Bucharest in 1921 to a Jewish family. After the end of the Second World War , she married Lulu Rozeanu in 1945, and their daughter Mihaela (Miki) was born in the same year. The marriage ended in divorce in the late 1950s. She died in 2006 of complications from liver disease.


She started playing table tennis when she was 9 years old. She was a defender. As a 15-year-old she became Romanian champion for the first time in 1936. As a result, she won all the national Romanian championships up to and including 1957 (1940-1945 these were not held because of the war).

In 1937 she took part in a world championship for the first time and took 3rd place in mixed . In 1938 the fascist Romanian government forbade her to participate in the World Cup in London . In 1950 she became world champion in singles in Budapest . It was the first time that a Romanian female athlete won the world championship in any sport. She defended this title five times in a row at the following world championships. In addition, she won the gold medal three times in doubles, three times in mixed and five times with the Romanian women's team. The most successful World Cup was in 1953, when it won gold in all competitions. In the same year she beat Heinz Schneider in an official tournament . Angelica Adelstein was the last European to win the individual world championship in Utrecht in 1955 , after which Asian players dominated.

From 1950 to 1960 she was chairman of the Romanian table tennis association.

In 1957 her career was interrupted. An anti-Semitic functionary of the Romanian table tennis association pushed for the exclusion of Jewish athletes from the association. Angelica was now married to Lou Rozeanu and was called Angelica Rozeanu . In 1959 she got divorced. Her husband emigrated to Israel in February 1960 , but she has not yet followed him. Some time later, the anti-Semitic functionary was dismissed, and Angelica began again with the tournament sport. In 1960 she won 3 tournaments in Russia , the European Championship in doubles and the International Yugoslav Championship. In August of this year she moved to Israel with her 14-year-old daughter Mihaela, via Vienna, where she lived with her former husband until 1969. Here she was still active and won the 6th Maccabiad (sometimes also called the Jewish Olympiad ) in Tel Aviv in 1961 . From 1960 to 1962 she won the Israeli championship three times.

In 1969 she married Dr. Eliezer Lopacki († 1979).


In 1954 Angelica Rozeanu was awarded the title of "Honored Master" for her services as chairwoman of the TT Association, the highest honor in Romanian sport. Four times she received the (communist) honor “Order of Labor” from Romania. She has been a member of the Hall of Fame for Jewish Sports since 1981, and was inducted into the ITTF Hall of Fame in 1995. On September 6, 2001, she became an honorary citizen of Haifa City .


Angelica Rozeanus nephew and niece Ilan and Ophir Herbst were European champions in Bridge in 2015. The niece Orly Herbst won the Israeli youth championship in show jumping in 1992, later she was second in the adults.


Results from the ITTF database

Association competition year place country singles Double Mixed team
ROU European Championship 1960 Zagreb YUG gold silver
ROU European Championship 1958 Budapest HUN Semifinals gold Semifinals 2
ROU World Championship 1957 Stockholm SWE Quarter finals Semifinals Quarter finals 2
ROU World Championship 1956 Tokyo JPN last 32 gold last 16 1
ROU World Championship 1955 Utrecht NED gold gold last 64 1
ROU World Championship 1954 Wembley CLOSELY gold Semifinals last 64 4th
ROU World Championship 1953 Bucharest ROU gold gold gold 1
ROU World Championship 1952 Bombay IND gold Quarter finals gold 2
ROU World Championship 1951 Vienna AUT gold silver gold 1
ROU World Championship 1950 Budapest HUN gold silver Semifinals 1
ROU World Championship 1948 Wembley CLOSELY Semifinals Quarter finals Semifinals 3
ROU World Championship 1939 Cairo EGY Quarter finals silver last 16 3
ROU World Championship 1937 to bathe AUT last 16 Agony Semifinals 7th
ROU World Championship 1936 Prague TCH last 32 no participants last 16


The following postmarks were used by the post office in Cluj-Napoca Romania:

  • March 6, 1996: Special postmark with the image of Angelica Rozeanu
  • December 14, 2006: Special postmark with the image of Angelica Rozeanu


  • Robert Slater: Great Jews Sport. Jonathan David Publishers, 2004, ISBN 0-8246-0453-9 , pages 239-240. (English)

Individual evidence

  1. DTS magazine , 1998/9, page 5.
  2. DTS magazine , 1953/3, page 6.
  3. DTS magazine , 1960/16 West issue, page 1.
  4. SCI News 99, September 2015, page 25 ( Memento of the original from March 4, 2016 in the Internet Archive ) Info: The archive link was inserted automatically and not yet checked. Please check the original and archive link according to the instructions and then remove this notice. (accessed on September 27, 2015). @1@ 2Template: Webachiv / IABot /
  5. Angelica Adelstein-Rozeanu Results from the ITTF database on (accessed on September 2, 2011).

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