Alice Wronker was born in 1898, the only daughter of Hermann Wronker (1867-1942), a German-Jewish department store owner. She studied at the Viktoria School until 1914, and then worked for two years at the Outpatient Clinic for Internal Medicine at the Jewish Hospital in Berlin, before serving for 1½ years at the Archive for the Assistance of Prisoners of War. In 1921, she married the orthopedic surgeon Hermann Engel; they had two daughters, Ruth and Marion, and the family lived in Berlin until 1936, when they moved to Cairo. The family emigrated to the United States in 1949, settling in New York City.
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Alice Engel (Wronker) : Studio portrait, Leo Baeck Institute, F 80590.