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Henry Rossetty was born Rosenfeld in Berlin in 1905. His father, Eugene Rosenfeld, was an opera singer. Rossetty became an electrician and then a band leader in Berlin until 1933. In 1939 he and his wife, Wally, and three other band members took a Japanese ship from Italy to Shanghai. Two days after arrival Rossetty and his band found work. Rossetty sailed to the United States after the war on the "General Gordon," and went to work in Chicago. Eventually they settled in southern California. Rossetty died in 1992.