Nov. 02, 1996
NEW YORK (AP) _ William Rosenwald, who helped save thousands of people _ at least 600 of which were his own family _ from the Holocaust, died Thursday. He was 93.
During the 1930s, Rosenwald started working against the impending Holocaust. His endeavors brought 300 family members to the United States and sustained another 300 still in Europe. He quickly became committed to saving as many lives as possible, raising money and speaking out against Jewish suffering.
He was one of three signatories to the agreement that founded a nationwide United Jewish Appeal in 1939. Later, he supported the immigration of thousands to the new state of Israel.
Rosenwald gave millions for charitable causes, financed through his business interests including the American Securities Corp., an investment bank; and Western Union International.
His father, Julius, was a chairman and builder of Sears, Roebuck & Co.