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Biographical/Historical Information

Karl Rosenthal was born in 1889. After studies at the Universities of Berlin and Münster, he graduated from the University of Cologne. He served as a rabbi in Dortmund and was called as a rabbi to the Reform congregation in Berlin in 1924. Rosenthal was arrested on Kristallnacht and sent to Sachsenhausen for three months. After his release he went to England, and after some further studies at Oxford, he joined his son Klaus in the United States. In 1946, Karl Rosenthal was called to the Reform congregation in Fredericksburg, Virginia, later to Springfield, Illinois; and to Wilmington, North Carolina, where he died in 1952.

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Karl Rosenthal, Leo Baeck Institute, F 2920A.