This collection documents the experiences of a Jewish German family from Berlin. Papers in German and English describe the
multi-generational business of the Mosenthal family, family member's military service during World War I, arrest and imprisonment
of family members, forced sale of business, emigration to England and then the United States. Letters to the United States
Department of State document the separation of family members and attempts to rescue family members left behind in Germany.
The collection includes biographical material, a family genealogy and photographs.
William C. Mosenthal (born Curt) was born in Eisenach, Germany on October 9, 1890. After high school, he served in the Germany
Army during World War I as Acting First Sergeant in France and received the Iron Cross. In 1920 he married Johanna Eichengruen
who was born in Witten/Ruhr. Daughter Ursel (later Joyce) was born on October 20, 1920, and Hans (later John) was born on
July 16, 1922. The family lived in Eisenach with William Mosenthal's mother Kaethe.
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