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The NY Times calls her “The Baroness of Jazz”

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Coat of arms of the Rothschild family.

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Until this morning I knew nothing about her when I read this review of a recent story of her life with jazzmen like Thelonius Monk, Sonny Rollins, Miles Davis et al.

Reading about her this morning in the NY Times I learned that she was married in New York City on October 12, 1935, which was four days after I was born in Barcelona. Not really close but interesting, to me!

She was a de Rothschild of the England branch.

She was born, her granddaughter writes, in London on Dec. 10, 1913. Her full name was Kathleen Annie Pannonica Rothschild, according to her 1935 wedding announcement in The New York Times. She was the granddaughter of Nathan Mayer, the first Lord Rothschild, and the great-granddaughter of Mayer Amschel, the Rothschild patriarch who, from the Frankfurt ghetto, orchestrated his family’s rise.

There is one other thing that she and I had in common. In June 1940, she left Paris on the last train before the Germans invaded Paris. Her peril then was greater than mine since she was Jewish and was married to a Jewish officer in the French Air Force.

But she “escaped” France at the same time that I did with my birth family. So there are two points of remote connection in our completely different lives.

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Written by BobG in Dalian & Vancouver

2008/10/18 at 15:37

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