Wilhelm Carl (Willy Carl or Willy) von Rothschild (1828-1901)
Wilhelm Carl von Rothschild, (known as'Willy Carl' or 'Willy') was born on 16th May 1828, was the younger, more orthodox, brother of Mayer Carl von Rothschild. He took over the management of the Frankfurt House in 1886 until his death in 1901. By 1901, Frankfurt was no longer a significant financial centre. No family members in London, Paris or Vienna wished to move to the Prussian city, and the decision was taken to liquidate the Frankfurt house.
The final entry in the venerable Memorbuch of the Jewish community in Frankurt records his life.He never missed prayers in his house on the Bockenheimer Landstrasse, and insisted that the bank observe the Sabbath. He and his wife, Mathilde, were supporters of numerous charitable foundations in Frankfurt. The Jewish Religious Society, (Israelitische Religionsgesellschaft) which resisted liberalisation of Judaism, was heavily dependent on Willy Carl, a founder-member, for the development of its institutions.
He died on 25th January 1901.