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25 April 2011
     A rough blog posting.
     Unsendable e-mail correspondence from the weekend started to arrive today – to and from the niece of Walter Leubuscher’s wife whom I tried to reach on Friday (see Post No. 1).   She did have contact with Walter’s niece Jolante SONNTAG, who had no children and may have been unmarried, lived in Santa Monica, CA, and died probably died quite some time ago (b.ca.1914).
     I tried to find information on Jolante (Jola) using Ancestry.com and other sources with no success.
     Since her mother must be a LEUBUSCHER, I tried to find her in the California Death Index just using mother’s surname as the search criteria.   I still did not find her, but I did get two hits.  One was for a Rosalie WACHSMANN (1866-1949) who was born in Peiskretcham in Upper Silesia – she might even be in the tree already, or in a separate tree I might have made to keep record of unconnected LEUBUSCHERs.  (She is not in the tree (yet), but her mother Johanna PERL, geb. LEUBUSCHER is.

     When I checked for her in New York Passenger Lists, I found her arrival, with husband Otto, in 1940, sailing from Genoa.  She listed a son Fritz in Oppeln as her contact back in Germany, and she heading for a Franz WACHSMANN at an address in Hollywood.
     A search on Franz WACHSMANN quickly found that he was a successful Hollywood composer, under the name Franz WAXMAN, with Academy Awards, and involvement in lots of major movies.
     He was married twice, and had a son from his first marriage.  He also had several siblings:

   Paul (1895-1982)
   Elfriede (Frieda) (1896-1988)
   Fritz (1897-1945)
   Max (1898-1918)
   Dorothea (1902-1903)
   Ernst (1904-1966)
   Alfred (1905-1906)

and they could have some descendants.

Reader Comments (1)

I know all the descendants of Rosalie and Otto Wachsmann as I am one. As you know, Rosalie Perl Wachsmann was my great grandmother and her mother was Johanna Leubuscher. Her daughter, Elfriede Wachsmann Karliner was my grandmother. My granduncle Franz Waxman was Frieda's brother and his son is John Waxman who lives in CT and who I just saw in NYC a couple of weeks ago. I think you have all this in the files we shared many years ago. All the best and Happy New Year. Carol

December 30, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterCarol Davidson Baird

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