[5.3] Babette Bettchen ESKELES
(b. 12 Nov. 1857 Kelsterbach, d. 15 Mar. 1942 Franfurt).
m. (1 Jan. 1886 Kelsterbach)
[5.25] Bernhard SPEIER (b. 17 Mar. 1852 Burghaun, d. 29 Jan. 1890 Kelsterbach)
son of [6.8] Marum SPEIER and [6.9] Marianne POPPER.
At the beginning of World War II she lived with her daughter Meta
and son-in-law Bernhard BLUMENTHAL.
When they were deported in 1939, she moved to an old-age home. Upon
being informed that she was to be deported she committed suicide in 15 Mar. 1942.
According to Jewish Cemeteries in Frankfurt by Klaus MEIER-UDE, 800
Jews committed suicide in order to avoid deportation. Like Babette they all
have tombstones saying "Died as a Martyr, Let her soul rest in peace."
- [4.39] Max SPEIER (b. 2 Nov. 1886 Kelsterbach, d. 16 July 1952 New York, NY)
Max apprenticed as a bookkeeper.
During World War I, he was drafted into the German army.
After a few months of service, he contracted pneumonia and was discharged.
Worked in Dusseldorf from Siegfried FALK and Company, a private bank, where he rose through the
ranks from clerk to partner.
Max met [4.40] Paula BACHARACH (b. 9 Jan. 1885 Nordhausen, d. 4 Oct. 1945 Baltimore, MD)
at the bank and they were married in 1919. Max became president of bank office in Cologne.
Max was active in the Jewish community, an intellectual, a self-taught Goethe scholar, and a good
skier and hiker.
After Hitler came to power in 1933 the bank was confiscated and the family emigrated in Amsterdam
against Paula's wishes where he went into a commodities business.
After about a year he discovered his partner Mr. LICHTENSTEIN was embezzling funds, so they dissolved
the partnership and in 1935 Max decided to join his brother-in-law in Baltimore, Maryland.
Max became Area Manager for Fuller Brush company.
- [3.42] Ursula SPEIER (b. 25 June 1920 Dusseldorf, d. 19 June 1990 Palo Alto) graduated
Magna Cum Lauda at John Hopkins evening "College for Teachers". (Women were not admitted to the day-time
undergradaute program at the time.) She met
[3.43] Bert GROWALD (b. 27 June 1912 New York, NY) in Jan. 1942 in a volunteer First Aid class at the
Red Cross Emergency Field Unit. They married after a brief courtship. Bert worked as a civilian chemist
for the US Government.
Ursula became chairman of a famous 1957 League of Women Voters study on Chicago area water pollution.
Then when they moved away they made history by selling their house to a black college professor despite
de-facto housing segregation.
- [2.57] Paul Jeffrey GROWALD (b. 25 Jan. 1948), special correspondent for the Washington Post.
Paul married (16 Aug. 1981 Maine)
[2.91] Eileen ROCKEFELLER (b. 26 Feb. 1952 New York, NY).
In 1983, Eileen founded the Institute for the Advancement of Health.
In 1995, she became director of North Country School.
In 1985, Paul started Small Cities Cable Television, and in
1995 Paul became chairman of the California League of Conservation Voters.
Children: [1.39] Adam GROWALD (b. 30 Dec. 1985 San Francisco) and
[1.54] Daniel Speier GROWALD (b. 25 Jan. 1988 San Francisco)
- [3.44] Eva SPEIER (b. 23 Nov. 1923 Cologne) graduated 1948 from Columbia University
in Occupational Therapy. Graduated 1971 from Fullerton State University, BS in Speed Path.
Graduated 1975 from University of British Columbia in Vancouver M.Ed. in Continuing Education of
Health Sciences. Eva married and divorced
[3.45] Dr. Henry LOURIA (b. 18 Apr. 1925 New York, NY)
- [2.58] Kenneth LOURIA (b. 15 June 1952 New York, NY) m. and div.
[2.92] Stacey WOLFSON (b. 5 Apr. 1955 Los Angeles, CA).
Children: [1.40] Joshua LOURIA (b. 5 Jan. 1981 Los Angeles, CA)
and [1.41] Erin LOURIA (b. 7 Aug. 1982 Los Angeles, CA).
- [2.59] Marc H. LOURIA *
- [4.22] Meta (Meda) SPEIER (b. 9 July 1888 Kelsterbach, d. 1939 Warsaw Ghetto) m. (2 May 1913)
[4.38] Bernhard BLUMENTHAL (b. 6 Jan. 1882 Fechenbach, d. 1939 Warsaw Ghetto).
- [3.57] Margarethe BLUMENTHAL (b. 30 Mar. 1928 Frankfurt/M., d. 4 June 1936 Frankfurt/M.)
Numbers in brackets are references to
The ESKELES Genealogy
by Zeev ESHKOLOT.
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