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Germaine Alice de Rothschild (née Halphen) (1884-1975)

Germaine, Baroness Edouard Alphonse de Rothschild (née Halphen) was born in Paris in 1884, the daughter of the financcier Émile Halphen and philanthropist Louise Fould. She was the granddaughter of Paul Fould (1837-1917), the niece of the composer Fernand Halphen, the cousin of Gaston Gradis and cousin of Noémie Halphen (wife of Baron Maurice de Rothschild).

Germaine married Edouard de Rothschild in 1905. Her sister-in-law to be, (Charlotte) Béatrice, Baroness Maurice Ephrussi (nee de Rothschild) ( 1864-1934)  presented the famous Rothschild Fabergé Egg to Germaine upon her engagement to Béatrice's younger brother, Édouard. Her marriage to Edouard produced three children, Guy, Jacqueline and Bethsabée. 

Noted for her philanthropy in her native France, in 1938, she founded the Jewish Committee for Children of Germany and Central European refugees in France. In 1942, she was successful in securing the emigration of 130 Jewish children to the United States. In 1952 she wrote an illustrated volume on the work of the French potter, Bernard Palissy. Baroness Germaine de Rothschild died in 1975.

See also Edouard Alphonse James de Rothschild »