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The Warburgs: The Twentieth-Century Odyssey of a Remarkable Jewish Family Paperback – August 23, 1994
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That the Warburg family loved their German homeland is indisputable. Even after WWII, some descendents could not resist returning to Hamburg, to see the old estates, to embrace old nannies, employees and to on one occassion, steal back a valuable vase that the Nazi's had appropriated elsewhere. They were passionate German citizens later of course spurned and victimized.
From Imperial and then Weimar Germany, the Warburgs were integral to achieving the ends of their leaders; Max Warburg worked tirelessly up until the very end, to secure a peaceful neutralization of Hitler's intention for the Jews. He was involved in assuring a Dutch purchase of Nyassaland in Northern Mozambique which ultimately played a significant role for Rommel's troops.
The family with connections to the Rothschilds, Loebs, Kuhns and others had solid foundations in the U.S. with one Warburg advising Theodore Roosevelt and later, of course, FDR. And logically, from this family where ambivalence toward Judaeism was an on-going theme, there were inevitable struggles and betrayals during the seeding and conceptualization of an Israeli sovereign state.
The book has many levels of interest- it involves a history of culture and the arts, of Jewish European exodus to the U.S and to Israel, it presents scenes of wealthy Jews celebrating with Christmas trees, of kids attending Anglican schools, and even flirtations with far left and deeply conservative politics.Read more ›
The book traces the history of the Warburg family from the 16th century to the 1990's, with the emphasis on the 20th century. The story is told through the biographies of many of its members, focusing on the brothers Aby, Max, Paul, Felix and Fritz, their sons and nephews. Individual chapters cover individuals, interwoven and progressing through the 20th century. There is the scholarly eldest brother, Aby, who exchanged his birthright for the promise of being provided all the books he desired (and created one of the world's greatest private libraries), the next eldest brother Max who autocratically ran the familie's Hamburg bank, the next brother Paul who made his mark in the US (providing the banking expertise behind his idea for the US Federal Reserve System), Felix who also made his mark in the US (both as a banker, but even more so as a philanthropist) and on to the youngest Fritz who served in both the Prussian and American Armies, and eventually fought to revive the Warburg position as preeminent Hamburg bankers. The book follows these brothers and their nephew Sigmund who made his mark in the US, in Great Britain (becoming Sir Sigmund) and in Europe after WWII.Read more ›
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I bought this book primarily because of the family’s name, ‘Warburg.’ That caught my attention because I knew that a Jewish banker named Paul Warburg had been instrumental in the... Read morePublished 22 days ago by Marvin D. Pipher
Didn't want to stop reading it. I gave 4 stars because I'm not finished.Published 2 months ago by Tanya Marlin
I imagine I'm going to get unhelpful votes by saying this, but this biography was not up to par with the author's other biographies. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Howard Schulman
If the author uses varnish writing this book,he doesn't know it.There is so much info in these pages,I have to struggle to understand what went wrong. Read morePublished 3 months ago by shazam
This was an excellent book about the Warburg family and their financial wizardry. Fantastic tool if you want to learn about the financial development in the early 1800's right... Read morePublished 5 months ago by Wendy Accurso