The Wikipedia tells us that the family's rise to European prominence began in 1744, with the birth of Mayer Amschel Rothschild in Frankfurt am Main, Germany, the son of Amschel Moses Rothschild (born circa 1710), a money changer, who had traded with the Prince of Hesse. Born in the ghetto (called "Judengasse" or Jewish Alley) of Frankfurt, Mayer developed a finance house and spread his empire by installing each of his five sons in European cities to conduct business. The new kind of international firm the Rothschilds created was impervious to local attack. In 1819, anti-Semitic violence broke out in many parts of Germany. The Hep-Hep riots included an assault on the Rothschild house in Frankfurt, but the Rothschild fortune, being distributed widely, remained intact. Another essential part of Mayer Rothschild's strategy for future success was to keep control of their businesses in family hands, allowing them to maintain full discretion about the size of their wealth and their business achievements.
The Rothschild family made it from Judengasse or Jew Lane in Frankfurt to the world's richest. They built Waddesdon Manor which outshines Buckingham Palace. It was begun in 1874. It had electricity from the beginning using its own power station. It is furnished with the very best taste using French chateaux as models. This is just one of several great houses in Europe they have in Europe.
All of this contrasts with Judengasse in 1890. Perhaps the roof did not leak. Perhaps there were no mice or fleas. It does not look a home of the rich. Waddesdon is not just a splendid house for entertaining everyone who was anyone, it was a working tool. Anyone wanting a few million to finance a war or his mistress was going to take the point that Rothschild was at the top of the game. The Rothschilds financed wars or not. They helped the Japanese invade Russia because they did not like the Tsar. To be fair the Tsar did not like Jews because he knew what they were doing to his people.
Rothschild Stitch Up
They have screwed everyone, starting from the top and working down. They gave the multigigabuck loans or not. They charged top dollar. The little people just got to pay, through taxes, through inflation.
A Rothschild Boasts
The Jazz Baroness
Hannah Rothschild remembers her distinctly unconventional great-aunt.
On the night of 15 October, 1958, a vintage Bentley was pulled over by the Delaware State Police. Suspicions had been raised by the sight of a white woman driving with two black male passengers, one of whom had danced his way into a motel along the road in search of a glass of water. This man was Thelonious Monk and the other man was Charlie Rouse. Monk refused the officers’ request to leave the car and they beat his fingers with blackjacks. When the driver screamed that Monk was a pianist, they beat him harder. Minutes later, the officers found marijuana in a suitcase which the driver, Nica, claimed was hers. Had Monk been busted he’d have lost his cabaret card and the right to perform in New York for up to seven years.
She lays it on with a trowel. Some will be true.
Judengasse circa 1868 - ex Wiki.
Judengasse on market day presumably.
Another view of Judengasse from a position nearer to the synagogue which is on the left.
The cobbles look reasonable here.
Notice the men to the right. They barely show up with long exposures.
Judengasse in 1875
It still hadn't moved up market.
That was then. This is now. Could you take it?