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Page 6, Viewpointe                                                 September 2020
      Book Review

       Jewish Wanderers, Moguls,                                                                              Then there was Victor Sassoon, scion, playboy, breeder
       Merchants, Book Dealers,                                                                            of horses, complete English gentleman, educated at Harrow
                                                                                                           and Cambridge, candidate for London city Council. When
       Exiles                                                                                              defeated in the election by forty votes, he followed his
                                                                                                           grandfather’s career path, immigrating to Bombay, building
       Jonathan Kaufman. The Last Kings of Shanghai. The Rival                                             an industrial empire and incidentally advising the statesman
       Jewish Dynasties that Helped Create Modern China. New                                               Winston Churchill to pay heed and cultivate the rising star,
       York: Viking, 2020.                                                                                 Mahatma Gandhi. Advice that was ignored. Thence he moved
       Françoise Frenkel. A Bookshop in Berlin, trans. Stephanie                                           to Shanghai, built up his holding including the iconic Cathay
       Smee. New York: Atria Books, 2017.                                                                  hotel. Victor was an assimilated Englishman, not identified with
       My father was a wanderer from Aram (i.e. Mesopotamia)                                               the faith of his ancestry. Nevertheless he worked along with
       Passover Haggadah                                                                                   his cousins, the Kadoories, to provide a refuge in Shanghai
                                                                                                           for Jews fleeing from Nazi dominated Europe in the nineteen
       By Dr. Ronald J. Meyers                                                                             thirties. Later he would deal with the Japanese who extended
                                                         community in Baghdad forced by the shift in political winds to   their dominance to Shanghai during Second World War, though
          The Jewish people perhaps                      flee imprisonment, picked up and settled in India, where he was   he, unlike his cousins, managed to escape imprisonment by the
       have rightly been identified                      able to undertake businesses in cotton and finance becoming   Japanese. At sixty five, he established himself in the Bahamas,
       as  a nation  of wanderers.                       in a decade one of the richest men in India, also becoming a   followed by a first marriage to an American nurse from Dallas;
       From the Patriarchs,                              naturalized British citizen. He sent his son Elias to Shanghai   at the end of his life, he still was intent and planning to extend
       Abraham, Isaac and Jacob,                         where the Sassoons again would extend their empire in Banking,   his empire to Texas. The disabled grandson of the patriarch,
       each of whom was driven                           Real estate, Rubber, and the burgeoning power industry. The   crippled in an airplane crash, easily achieved the heights of
       by a mixture of ambition,                         women were no less distinguished; Elly’s wife, a British heiress   social climbing, of whom, Will Rogers quipped, “the J.P.
       practical and commercial                          in her own right, brought her husband into the right circles, so   Morgan of China and India,” matched the success of his
       considerations, and divine                        that a man without a country, not only became a British citizen,   grandfather, grand-uncles, uncles, cousins, and perhaps even
       calling. Two traumatic events                     but was knighted by King George V. Flora Sassoon becoming a   surpassed them.
       in our history were the Babylonian exile in 586 B.C.E. which   widow upon the death of her husband Solomon who also was her      Mr. Kaufman’s book will further enlighten you about the
       sent some 10,000 Jews of Canaan to Mesopotamia, and the   uncle (thus claiming Sassoon ancestry on both sides), challenged   history of the Far East, particularly the transition in China from
       Roman conquest in 70 A.D. which brought about the scattering   her brothers-in-law over control of her husband’s empire and   imperial monarchy, to Republic, to rule by the Generals, to the
       of the Jewish nation literally to the corners of the earth.  ruled it for awhile. Rachel Sassoon, David’s daughter, converted   Japanese occupation, and finally to the Communist dictatorship.
          A Pulitzer Prize winning reporter with a specialization in   to Christianity and then married the German tycoon, Frederick   Mao Zedong, himself almost slain, expelled from Shanghai in
       the Far East, Jonathan Smart begins his account of the Baghdad   Beer, also a convert from Judaism; yet she became a journalist   the nineteen twenties during the time that the Kadoories and
       branch of the Jewish nation by underlining the critical results   and activist for the cause of righting the injustice against Captain
       of the Babylonian exile. A little known fact among laymen   Alfred Dreyfus in 1894.                 Book Review on page 7
       and even scholars is that while history records the return of
       many at the behest of Cyrus, King of Persia, other Jews chose
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          Unbeknownst to me was how thriving was Jewish life in   Yvonne Rivera, Administrative Assistant     The views of the writers of the various articles in this newspaper do not
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       the Arabian diaspora had been. Also unbeknownst to me were                              necessarily reflect the views of the Boca Pointe Community Association.
       the personages in Kaufman’s telling, extraordinarily rich and     Viewpointe of Boca Pointe is the newspaper   The Association nor the individual writers are not responsible for claims
       influential the Kadoories and the Sassoons, cousins, supreme   of Boca Pointe Community Association, Inc.   or promises contained in any advertising material appearing in the
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       trajectories; after creating a family of notable wealth, they
       bragged that they were richer than the upstart Rothschilds, they
       were forced into exile from their home country, and sought other
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