Rothschild, Edmond De (1845–1935)
ROTHSCHILD, EDMOND DE (1845–1935)
Banker, born in Paris. In 1882 Baron Edmond de Rothschild began to support Jewish emigration to Palestine, donating money to the Lovers of Zion pioneers, which allowed them to create several colonies. In 1891 he was joined by the financier Maurice de Hirsch in creating the Jewish Colonization Association. In 1900 Rothschild helped finance the Jewish National Fund and supported Eliezer Ben-Yehuda in his efforts to modernize Hebrew. A regent of the Bank of France, he participated in financing World War I.
SEE ALSO Lovers of Zion.