Thanks for giving me the go-ahead on this.
Here are a number of chronological excerpts from historical newspaper
articles concerning the family Ephrussi.
They pretty much speak for themselves, but if you have any questions
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Clarification, and I'll do my best to add whatever information I can.
One correction...it was brother Maurice, not Michel, who married into
the Rothschild clan.
Sept 2, 1882
Foreign Business Interests
London...Ignace Ephrussi &Co., Jewish bankers at Odessa, and most
important house in South Russia, have given notice of the dissolution
of their Russian firm, in consequence of the insecurity caused by the
persecution of the Jews.
June 3, 1883
Millions In Marriage
The Ephrussi-Rothschild Nuptials
The marriage of Mdlle. Beatrice de Rothschild, the second daughter of
the Baron Alphonse de Rothschild, to Maurice Ephrussi has only been
formally announced during the past week...but the negotiations for
this union between representatives of the two wealthiest Jewish
families of Paris have been in progress for many months...
...The Ephrussis are...Jews and of foregin origin. The father of the
four brothers, Michel, Maurice, Ernets and Ignace, began life at
Odessa in very moderate circumstances. A series of luck grain
speculations enabled him to retire from the grain business with an
enormous fortune. Then he came to Paris, founded a banking-house and
brought his sons up as Frenchmen.
...Michel Ephrussi, the present head of the family, is a husband of
the niece of the great composer Meyerbeer....Ernest Ephrussi collects
pictures and art curios, while the claims of Ignace Ephrussi to fame
rest chiefly upon his skill in the art of fencing...
Minnesota | Albert Lea | The Freeborn County Standard | 1883-06-28
Comte Ephrussi, who is to marry Mademoiselle de Rothschild, is in the
habit of presenting her with flowers. They are not such as are to be
seen in the florists' windows or in cultivated gardens but wild
flowers, a good bunch of which could be bought for a few sous in Paris
a month ago. This has been sufficient to set public taste in a
certain direction, and to cause a high price to be put upon buttercups
and daisies, so closely do the Parisian world follow a popular
Nov 19, 1890
Two French Duels
Paris...M. Ephrussi, the well-known race horse owner, recently became
involved in a quarrel with M. Treville, a journalist, which resulted
in the sending of a challenge to fight a duel. The fight took place
to-day and M. Treille was lsightly wounded...
April 3, 1900
Four Duels In France
Count de Lubersac Ready to Meet Both Rothschilds
Paris...Baron Edouard de Rothschild has appointed Comte Louis de
Turenne and M. O'Connor to be his seconds in respons to the letter of
Comte de Lubersac threatening to throw the latter's glove in the
former's face wherever they met...
...M. Michel Ephrussi, who was offended by an insulting passage in the
letter from Comte de Lubersac...was informed by his seconds that the
Comte refused to fight. They therefore consulted with the friends of
the Comte, and agreed to accept arbitration; but the proposed
arbitrator...declined to ace. Thereupon they demanded immediate
reparation, so as not to prolong the affair.
...Comte de Lubersac...wrote M. Ephrussi expressing his willingness to
do without arbitration, and adding, "I am ready to fight -- the sooner
the better -- and I await your seconds."
April 5, 1900
Both Duelsits Wounded
Count Lubersac and Michel Ephrussi Meet on the Field of Honor
Paris...It is reported that the first of the series of duels arising
from the Count of Lubersac's letter to Baron Robert Rothschild took
place this afternoon between Michel Ephrussi and the Count of
Lubersac, on the island of the Grande Jatte, in the River Seine...At
the fourth onslaught, Ephrussi was wounded in the breast, the count's
sword striking a rib.
...The count attacked vigorously from the outset, and the combatants
parted at the finish without the customary handshake.
The count left the scene in a laudau, and was greeted with cries of "A
bas les Juifs" and "Vive l'Armee."
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P.S. Sorry...but i don't read French, but there are certainly some
excellent researchers here at GA who are fluent in several languages.
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