Eric Rosenthal, (10 July 1905 – 1983) was a South African
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. He was born in Newlands, Cape Town. He graduated with a law degree, later becoming a journalist and writer of many corporate histories. He was a member of the ''Three Wise Men'' on Springbok Radio's long-running quiz show, ''Test the Team''. The elder of two children born to Richard Rosenthal and Hedwig De Beer, he received his first education at Parktown Preparatory School in Johannesburg, and later St John's College (Johannesburg, South Africa), St. John's College. He chose to follow a legal career and qualified as an attorney at the University of the Witwatersrand. Early opportunities as a journalist saw his virtual abandoning of law. He was competent at sketching and enlivened his books with explanatory drawings. Rosenthal was married to Jenny Bradley on 18 December 1934 in Westcliff, Johannesburg. On retirement they settled in Fish Hoek near Cape Town.


*''Memories & Sketches'' *''From Drury Lane to Mecca'' *''Old Time Survivals in South Africa'' *''Stars and Stripes in Africa'' *''The Fall of Italian East Africa'' *''Fortress on Sand'' *''Dan Pienaar, General Dan Pienaar'' *''Japan's Bid for Africa'' *''Christiaan de Wet, General de Wet'' *''Gold Bricks and Mortar'' *''African Switzerland'' *''The South African Saturday Book'' *''Homes of the Golden City'' *''They Walk in the Night'' *''Pinelands'' *''South African Jews in World War II'' *''Shovel and Sieve'' *''Here are Diamonds'' *''The Hinges Creaked'' *''Inaccessible Island#1871, Shelter from the Spray'' *''Shells to Shillings'' *''Other Men's Millions'' *''Cutlass and Yardarm'' *''Today's News Today'' *''The Changing Years'' *''River of Diamonds'' *''Overdrafts and Overwork'' *''Apology Refused'' *''Heinrich Egersdörfer:an Old-Time Sketch Book'' *''Tankards and Tradition'' * *''Schooners and Skyscrapers'' *''South African Surnames'' * *''History of Fish Hoek 1818-1968'' *''Gold! Gold! Gold!'' *''Meet Me at the Carlton'' *''You Have Been Listening'' *''The Rand Rush'' *''Victorian South Africa'' * *''The Best of Eric Rosenthal'' *''Fish Horns and Hansom Cabs'' *''Rustenburg Romance'' *''160 Years of Cape Town Printing'' *''On Change Through the Years'' *''50 Years of the Cape Town Orchestra'' *''50 Years of Healing'' *''300 Years of the Castle at Cape Town'' *''The Story of The Cape Jewish Orphanage'' published in 1961


Eric Rosenthal's grandfather was Albert Rosenthal, who settled in Middelburg, Eastern Cape, Middelburg in the Eastern Cape in about 1854, where he was on the board of directors of the Standard Bank (historic), Standard Bank of South Africa. He married Pauline Emmanuel from Germany, who was a fellow music student with Engelbert Humperdinck (composer), Engelbert Humperdinck. They produced three sons - two elder sons born in Germany, Julius (1868–1902) and Richard born 1869, and lastly Berthold born 1885 in Middelburg, Eastern Cape, Middelburg.


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* {{DEFAULTSORT:Rosenthal, Eric 1905 births 1983 deaths 20th-century historians Alumni of St John's College, Johannesburg Historians of South Africa South African historians University of the Witwatersrand alumni Writers from Cape Town