Vrba was born Walter Rosenberg in , Czechoslovakia. (He took the name Rudolf Vrba in April 1944 after his escape, and changed his name legally after the war.) His parents, Elias Rosenberg and Helena Rosenberg (née Gruenfeldová), the latter from Zbehy, Slovakia, owned a steam sawmill in Jaklovce, near , Slovakia.
Helena Rosenberg of Bull Shoals turned 101 years of age July 1 and celebrated at a party in her honor with music and dancing. "Miss Helena," as her friends know her, was dancing, to the delight of guests.
Helena Rosenberg currently has a therapy practice Torrance, Torrance. Helena Rosenberg is licensed to provide medical treatment under their counseling credentials, MARRIAGE AND FAMILY.