The Rothschild’s History by a Jewish Writer Related to the Rothschilds: (part one)

“Jewish writer Anka Muhlstein wrote a book called Baron James – The Rise of the French Rothschilds. I prefer paraphrase and make short quotes from her book, because I am trying to document for the reader the mindset and history of the Rotschilds. Anka Muhlstein has nothing against the Rothschilds, so it will be easier for the reader to accept what she says about them than from me. I can’t require the reader to read her book, but I can try to summarize some of the appropriate thoughts. Other books also relate many of the things Anka does, but again if I write a footnoted article, it will nto carry the weight as my paraphrase will. The reader is recommended to read the book first hand if he has the time and is interested in the details of James’s life.

The Jews in the 18th century were restricted to living in ghettos. Mayer Amschel Rotschild lived in the Frankfurt ghetto. The Jews were repressed by outsiders. They lived in geographically isolated and self-contained communities. The Jewish communities in Europe used a secret relay system between all the ghettos. Hebrew characters were one effective code. Because of the persecution and repression, the Jewish communities were very tight-knit and highly organized. They were deeply hostile to the Christian people. Christians had restricted their own people from money-lending with interest, so lending money on interest had become a Jewish enterprise. The German princes of Thurn and Taxis in the 16th century initiated a postal service. Mayer Amschel loaned them money. ‘Certainly they [the Rothschilds] discovered the latitude that the Thurn and Taxis allowed themselves in unsealing letters, possibly divulging their contents, and according to their own interests, delaying or accelerating delivery.’

When it profited Mayer Amschel, he would hire Christians, but in general his business and banking were conducted by his close knit family. For instance, Mayer Amschel hired a young Christian woman to write his letters for him. Mayer Amschel Rothschild and his family were wholeheartedly Jewish. Mayer Amschel Rothschild picked his sons’ wives for the business gains the wives would bring the family. The oldest son was not happy with this (actually he was bitter because he was denied marriage to the woman he loved), but he complied with his father’s choice. Amschel’s daughters all married bankers – in Worms, Sichel, and Beyfus. Mayer had ten children and they were all employed in the family business. The Jews were taught from childhood up, that the Christians were to blame for all their woes, and that the Christians were to be feared and detested.

Mayer Amschel had secret, underground passages. His carriage was honey-combed with secret drawers. The Napoleonic War greatly helped the Rothschild business. Rothschild even outsmarted Napoleon – becuase the Rothschilds had such good connections. The Rothschilds smuggled during the English blocade of Napoleon’s Europe, and made millions. ‘The Rothschilds changed course constantly during this period, always manuevering to avoid any kind of political commitment.’ One of the things Mayer Amschel set up, was to disperse his 5 sons to the major capitals of Europe. Anka attributes the respectability of Jewish money lending to the help it gave merchants and entrepreneurs. [this author’s view is that merchants had been borrowing for centuries prior to interest taking becoming acceptable by society in the 19th century. It was greatly in part due to who owned and controlled the major newspapers in the 19th century – Jews and Masons – that led the public to change.]”

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