Frankfurt Stories


Here are biographies about


Family Wronker

Family Beit von Speyer

Family Wertheimer

Family Stern

Wilhelm Ernst Oswalt, Ludwig "Lux" Oswalt, Irene Hilb

Family Salomons

Elise Hofmann

Edith Erbrich

Family Ebe



Few people remember the name "Wronker" and which significance the family of entrepreneurs and the company 'Hermann Wronker AG' from 1891 to 1933 once had, not only for Frankfurt am Main but far beyond.

Keeping the memory of these people, their magnificent life's work and their excruciating annihilation alive and remembering the millionfold murder by an incredibly cruel Nazi-regime and its willing helpers is the objective and admonition of this book.

Working together with a building contractor and an eminent architect Wronker achieved to realise his visionary concept of creating an american inspired warehouse in Frankfurt Zeil.

80 meters wide, unique for its time, this warehouse presented itself with a widespread offer of products at moderate prices. From 1910 to 1933  the company generated steadily mounting revenue with at times 3000 workers!

The Warehouse  Wronker on the "Zeil" street

After personal attacks and tirades of hate already before 1933, calls to boycott and an interdiction to step into their own warehouse followed for Hermann Wronker and his son Max under the Nazi-regime. Ending in the resumption through "aryanization".



Hermann and Ida Wronker with their grandchildren

The children Alice and Max managed to escape to a safe foreign country. The plan of the parents Ida and Hermann Wronker to emigrate into the USA with a valid visa was to late and failed. Abducted from France the married couple was presumably killed in 1942 in Auschwitz.


(c) Dieter Mönch

The Book ‚Vergessene Namen  Vernichtete Leben‘  The story of the jewish entrepreneurial family Wronker from Frankfurt and their big warehouse was published in the "Eigenverlag" and can be ordered directly from the author at: at a price of  € 14,80 + shipping.



The historic part of today's luxury hotel "Villa Kennedy" in Frankfurt (Main) (today's address: Kennedyallee 70) is the former residence of the Beit von Speyer family. Dieter Wesp researched as district historian for the foundation of "Polytechnische Gesellschaft" the history of the building. He found out that the villa was one of about 170 properties which the city of Frankfurt had brought into its ownership during times of National Socialism.