Margaret Rothenberger Family Collection
Scope and Content Note
This collection contains documents and photographs relating to Margaret Rothenberger and her family. The documents include family trees and genealogical research about the Katz, Oppenheimer, Rothenberger, and Hochschild families. Documents relating to specific individuals include biographical, educational, and vital documents about Eugen (Eugene) Rothenberger, Margaret Rothenberger, Ilse Strauss-Russell, and Otto Strauss. A few additional related documents are found in the collection, including a handwritten script of a Yiddish play, דער ימימ נוראימ חזנ (The Days of the Cantor) by A. L. Rosenthal, dated 1829, with an inscription dated 1892.
The collection also contains hundreds of photographs. Most are unidentified, but it appears that the majority consist of Margaret Rothenberger, her ancestors, her husband, and her children and their families. Formats include mounted photographs and snapshots, which depict family life, vacations in Europe and the United States, and family and individual portraits. Photos and documents from the Rothenberger family's time in France (1933-1935) are found in an album. The collection also contains an album assembled by Ilse Strauss-Russell (then Rothenberger) of her life in the 1940s, including her engagement and marriage to Otto Strauss.
- Strauss-Russell, Ilse, 1924-2011 (Person)
Language of Materials
This collection is in German and English, with a small amount of French and Yiddish.
This collection is open to researchers.
Readers may access the collection by visiting the Lillian Goldman Reading Room at the Center for Jewish History. We recommend reserving the collection in advance; please visit the LBI Online Catalog and click on the "Request" button.
Collection is digitized. Follow the links in the Container List to access the digitized materials.
Biographical Note<extptr actuate="onload" altrender="Portrait of Rothenberger Family, circa 1896" href="http://digital.cjh.org/webclient/DeliveryManager?pid=1484574" show="embed" title="Portrait of Rothenberger Family, circa 1896"/>
Margaret (Margot) Rothenberger (1894-1995) was born in Darmstadt to Siegfried Nathan (d. 1935) and Mathilda née Katz (1868-1945). She attended medical school in Frankfurt, Heidelberg, and Giessen from 1914 to 1919, and during World War One she was able to practice medicine because of the shortage of male doctors. In 1920 she married lawyer Eugen (Eugene) Rothenberger (1890-1975), with whom she had two daughters, Eva and Ilse. In April 1933 the family moved to France, and then emigrated in the United States in 1935. Rothenberger continued to practice medicine in New York.
The first marriage of Ilse Strauss-Russell née Rothenberger (1924-2011) was in 1943, to Otto Strauss (1909-?), with whom she had three children. She married her second husband, David Russell (1909-2005), in 1980.
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This collection contains documents and photographs relating to Margaret Rothenberger (1894-1995) and her family. The materials include family trees and genealogical research about the Katz, Oppenheimer, Rothenberger, and Hochschild families, as well as documents relating to specific individuals and hundreds of photographs.
The book "Dokumentation ueber die Gedenktage vom 26. bis 31. August 1982 fuer die juedischen Mitbuerger, die waehrend der Zeit von 1933-1945 deportiert und ermordet wurden (1982)" was removed to the LBI Library.
Photographs were grouped and foldered by format and size.
- Family life
- Genealogical tables
- Giessen (Hesse, Germany)
- Hochschild family
- Jews -- Germany -- Genealogy
- Katz family
- Nathan family
- New York (N.Y.)
- Oppenheimer family
- Rothenberger family
- Rothenberger, Eugen
- Rothenberger, Margaret
- Strauss-Russell, Ilse, 1924-2011
- United States -- Emigration and immigration
- Vital records (document genre)
- Guide to the Margaret Rothenberger Family Collection undated, 1829-1995 AR 25465
- Processed by Kevin Schlottmann
- © 2012
- Language of description
- Script of description
- Language of description note
- Description is in English.
- as part of the Leon Levy Archival Processing Initiative, made possible by the Leon Levy Foundation
- June, 2012 : Links to digital objects added in Container List.