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March
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March 14

Jewish Dynasties: The Sassoons

The Rothschilds of The East

with historian Joseph Sassoon

When Henry Lehman was still a boy helping his dad trade cattle in a small German town, Sassoon ben Salih had already taken over from his father as Baghdad’s Sarraf Bashi, the Iraqi Pasha’s chief banker.

By the time Marcus Goldman had left behind his one-room shop in Philadelphia to trade IOUs as Marcus Goldman & Co, Sassoon ben Salih’s grandson Elias was trading in dried fruit, tea, metals, silk and spices from offices in Bombay and Shanghai, and had a monopoly over the opium trade.

And Carl Morris Loeb was working as the manager of a St. Louis movie theater in an era when the Sassoons had firmly established themselves as one of the wealthiest families in the world, called “the Rothschilds of the East.”

The Sassoons were international Jewish royalty who gave the world the first global female CEO; supported over half of Bombay’s households; reshaped the skyline of Shanghai; and built dozens of synagogues and other Jewish institutions.

In his Global Merchants, historian Joseph Sassoon limns the tale of this extraordinary family, whose influence reached across three continents and changed the destinies of nations. He joins us to discuss their reach, from Baghdad to London; their ownership of Britain’s leading newspapers; alliance with the Rothschild family; and place in global Jewish history.

Dr. Joseph Sassoon is Professor of History and Politics at Georgetown University, a Senior Associate Member at St. Antony’s College, Oxford and a Trustee of the Bodleian Library. A specialist in modern Middle Eastern History, he was born in Baghdad and left with his family only after the hanging of Jews in the city in 1969.

Tuesday, March 14 | 
6:30 pm Eastern
Free
$18 includes a copy of the book
Free
$18 includes a copy of the book

In-Person & Virtual Event

 

Covid-19 Policy: 
Masks are no longer required but are available to those who request.

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Tuesday, March 14 | 
6:30 pm
Free
$18 includes a copy of the book
Free
$18 includes a copy of the book

When Henry Lehman was still a boy helping his dad trade cattle in a small German town, Sassoon ben Salih had already taken over from his father as Baghdad’s Sarraf Bashi, the Iraqi Pasha’s chief banker.

By the time Marcus Goldman had left behind his one-room shop in Philadelphia to trade IOUs as Marcus Goldman & Co, Sassoon ben Salih’s grandson Elias was trading in dried fruit, tea, metals, silk and spices from offices in Bombay and Shanghai, and had a monopoly over the opium trade.

And Carl Morris Loeb was working as the manager of a St. Louis movie theater in an era when the Sassoons had firmly established themselves as one of the wealthiest families in the world, called “the Rothschilds of the East.”

The Sassoons were international Jewish royalty who gave the world the first global female CEO; supported over half of Bombay’s households; reshaped the skyline of Shanghai; and built dozens of synagogues and other Jewish institutions.

In his Global Merchants, historian Joseph Sassoon limns the tale of this extraordinary family, whose influence reached across three continents and changed the destinies of nations. He joins us to discuss their reach, from Baghdad to London; their ownership of Britain’s leading newspapers; alliance with the Rothschild family; and place in global Jewish history.

Dr. Joseph Sassoon is Professor of History and Politics at Georgetown University, a Senior Associate Member at St. Antony’s College, Oxford and a Trustee of the Bodleian Library. A specialist in modern Middle Eastern History, he was born in Baghdad and left with his family only after the hanging of Jews in the city in 1969.

In-Person & Virtual Event

 

Covid-19 Policy: 
Masks are no longer required but are available to those who request.

Jewish Dynasties

About the series

For New York Jews, the names Lehman, Goldman, Loeb, Sachs and Guggenheim conjure up American Jewish royalty; German immigrants who clawed their way out of tenements into Park Avenue mansions.

But theirs are not the stories of all Jewish dynasties. Join us to learn about the other crowd!

March 14: The Sassoons
March 21: The Morgenthaus 
March 28: The Safras

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