IGS Haifa- The WARBURG Family and the Hamburg Jewish Community #general
Thursday, 22 December, 7.15 p.m.
Israel Genealogical Society (IGS) Haifa & The North
Speaker: Dr. Eliezer DOMKE (Hebrew)
“The Warburg Family >from Hamburg and the Hamburg Jewish Community”
Beit Horim "Pisgat Achuza", 6 Sinai Blvd., Haifa
Reservations not required. Beit Pisgat Achuza residents/IGS paid
members: no charge; Others: NIS 20.
Info/directions: Gadi NAUMAN, Chairman IGS Haifa & The North, 04-8382941
Lecture Summary: The family name is derived >from the city of Warburg in
Westphalia, where the family settled in the 17th century. Part of the family
moved in the 18th century to Altona, near Hamburg. At the end that century,
the Warburg bank was founded in Hamburg. The lecture will focus on the four
most active sons of the banker Moritz Warburg. Each one of them was an
outstanding personality in his field of endeavor. The oldest, Avi, was a
well-known researcher in the history of art. He founded a library which was
considered the last word and which was eventually moved to London. The
second son, Max, inherited the bank and was active in local politics as well
as in various economic fields in Germany, especially during the period of
the Kaiser, but also in the Jewish community. Paul Moritz Immigrated at the
beginning of the 20th century to the USA, there becoming a banker and was
active in the federal banks. Felix, the fourth son, also immigrated to the
USA, was involved in banking and devoted a great deal to the Jewish world.
He was one of the founders of the "Joint," worked for the settlement of
Eretz Yisrael, and after the founding of the expanded Jewish Agency in 1929,
in which Jews not belonging to the Zionist Agency were absorbed, he was
elected as the chairman of its steering committee.
It should be remarked that the descendents of other branches of the family
also stood out in their areas of endeavor. We will recall, in whatever time
remains, Otto Warburg, who was the president of the World Zionist Agency in
the years 1911-1920, and Otto Heinreich Warburg, who won the Nobel Prize for
Physiology in the year 1931.
A short biography of the lecturer: Dr. DOMKE was born in Haifa. He earned a
Ph.D. in history >from the Hebrew University in Jerusalem. His dissertation
was on the Jewish community of Hamburg between the period of quiet decline
of the Weimar Republic and the first year of the Nazi ascension to power.
Dr. DOMKE taught in high schools and the Haifa University.
Gadi NAUMAN gnauman@...
Chairman,Haifa Branch of the Israel Genealogical Society
IGS Website: www.isragen.org.il
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