The Skowronek Bankers in the XVI Century

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A compendium of short family stories from the banking family of Warsaw and its ancestors that took place during the XVI century.

"Bring up a child in the way he should go, and, when he is old, he will not depart from it." - Proverbs (Mishle) 22:6[250].

These are based on old familiar stories as well as historical documents.

The Mother of All Mistakes - During the last years of the XV century and the first of the XVI, Spain and Portugal expelled the Jews that wouldn't convert to Christianity, losing quite a fraction of the educated, wealthy people of their countries and precluding the advent of the industrial age two centuries later; it wasn't a coincidence that at the same time began the rule of the Inquisition, which lasted until the XIX century and massacred thousands of innocents, censored ideas and persecuted dissidents, people with different religious beliefs and free thinkers.

The Maharal and the Golem - Judah Loew ben Bezalel was born around 1509, and died in 1609; he was a rabbi, and is more commonly known as the Maharal of Prague; according to legend, he was also the creator of a Golem.

The Easter Massacre - The plague has been ravaging the city of Lisbon since January, it was Easter, 1506 and people blamed the Jews for it; some survived hiding in the homes of people who offered help to them or by fleeing the city, but after two days, more than two thousand men, women and children, and even their pets, have been murdered, including João Rodrigues Mascarenhas, the uncle of Maria Andrea Mascarenhas, my 13th great grandmother.

Saul, King for a Day - Saul was one of the sons of Samuel Judah Katzenellenbogen, the Rabbi who helped Prince Mikolaj Radziwill return to Poland from Italy after all his belongings were stolen; Saul was also elected king for one day.

Jerónimo Luis de Cabrera y Toledo - Jerónimo Luis de Cabrera y Toledo was an explorer and founder of Córdoba, in today's Argentina.

The Royal Josephs - Some people bearing the family name Joseph descend in fact from a Jewish family linked to the Portuguese royalty that survived the advent of the Inquisition during the the sixteenth century.

Ausfahrendes Schiff; Hans Holbein
. Ausfahrendes Schiff, Hans Holbein.
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