FAMILY SHEET WILLY
OF STUTTGART + SOUTH AFRICA
compiled by Rolf Hofmann (HarburgProject@aol.com) VERSION 02
see also http://people.sinclair.edu/thomasmartin/knights
famous pilot of
World War I, living in Stuttgart
until 1936 (A) (D)
(his home in 1936 = Eduard
Pfeiffer Strasse 178)
born 28 Jan 1892 Wiesbaden,
died 1945 in Rostenberg, South Africa
parents = Ernst Rosenstein
senior + wife Pauline nee Zimmern (B)
married (1) 4 May 1921 in Stuttgart (home = Kerner
born 1 Dec 1892 Stuttgart,
died 8 Jun 1926 Stuttgart
parents = Samuel Rothschild + wife Ida nee Levi (C)
married (2) 20 Dec 1934 in Stuttgart
PAULA LEVI (divorced Blum)
born 5 Apr 1904 Stuttgart
- died ? in South Africa ?
parents = Julius Levi + wife Julie nee Steiner (F)
Paula obviously left
Willy Rosenstein, so far unknown when and where ?
ONE CHILD OUT OF
FIRST MARRIAGE (born in Stuttgart):
(01) ERNST (junior) 20 Feb 1923 - 1945
pilot of British Royal Air Force,
was shot down over the Mediterranean
in combat action during World War II
(A) Willy Rosenstein was born in Wiesbaden for unknown reason, because his parents must
have lived in Stuttgart
by then, where Willy Rosenstein spent his childhood. He started his vocational
education in 1912 by earning his pilot's license at the famous flying school at
Johannesthal. He then was employed as pilot instructor for the Rumpler aircraft
manufacturer. In 1913 he switched to the waggon manufacturing company in Gotha (Thuringa) and
encouraged this company to start with manufacturing aircrafts. Willy Rosenstein
served this company as designer and test pilot.
In January 1915 he started his war pilot career as a reconnaissance
pilot in World War I. In April 1916 he was severely injured during an enemy
attack near Verdun (France), but managed to recover
soon. He received the Iron Cross 1st Class. He then continued as combat pilot
for the Army Fokker Squadron, later for Hermann Goering's Hunter Squadron 27 in
Flandern (Feb-Dec 1917).
After a dispute with Goering, Rosenstein was transfered to Lieutenant
Degelow's Hunter Squadron 40, under whose command he flourished. Rosenstein was
successful in shooting down altogether eight enemy air crafts and so became a
highly decorated war hero. When Hitler came to power in 1933 Rosenstein was no
longer allowed to fly and finally managed to escape to South Africa,
strangely enough with the help of his former squadron commander Hermann Goering,
who had in the meantime become a top member of the Hitler regime. Rosenstein
was even allowed to take three air planes with him + spare parts, a privilege
which in these days was not granted to other Jews, and which allowed him to
found a flight school in South
Africa. Willy Rosenstein was killed in 1949
in a flying accident.
(B) Ernst Rosenstein senior (18
Oct 1860 - 4 Feb 1907) lived in Stuttgart
since ca 1890. He was a partner of "LW Rosenstein Company" in Stuttgart(= Louis Wilhelm Rosenstein). His widow Pauline then married
lawyer Dr Karl Noerdlinger (23 Mar 1867 - 15 Mar 1931) in Stuttgart (at first the couple lived at
Schloss Strasse 12, their final home was Eduard Pfeiffer Strasse 178). Pauline (4
Nov 1867 - 19 Nov 1926) also died in Stuttgart
(born probably elsewhere). Karl Noerdlingers parents were Salomon Noerdlinger +
Amalie nee Engel.
(C) Ida Levi was a sister of leather
merchant Max Levi, who founded Salamander Shoe Factory together with the master
shoemaker Jakob Sigle.
(D) Willy Rosenstein had a sister
Olga, who married (ca 1923 or before)Dr Robert
Kauffmann. Their home in 1926 = Hardenberg Strasse 10 in Berlin -Charlottenburg. They still lived
there in 1931.
(E) Louis Rosenstein (25 Apr 1832
- 5 Aug 1900) had an export business in Stuttgart
(Schloss Strasse 12) and served as Consul for the Kingdom of Serbia.
His wife was Louise nee Rosenthal (6 Mar 1837 - 2 Dec 1902). These were the
parents of Ernst Rosenstein senior (see B). Louis Rosenstein started his
business in Stuttgart
as a fruit dealer around 1857, then switched to malt
manufacturing around 1860 and finally hopdealing. He bought house Schloss
Strasse 12 before 1882.
(F) Julius Levi (20 Sep 1853 - 19
Aug 1924) was a cofounder of "Gebrueder Levi Import" (Levi Brothers
Import Company) founded around 1873 in Stuttgart.
He died in Stuttgart.
His wife Julie nee Steiner survived him and probably left Germany in the