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November 17, 2019 Saskia Coenen Snyder – Diamonds, Jews and the Expansion of 19th Century Global Trade

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  • location Hebrew College
    160 Herrick Road
    Newton Centre, MA 02459
  • cost Free and open to the public
  • organizer Hebrew College and Jewish Genealogical Society of Greater Boston
  • phone 866-611-5698
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Heidi Urich Annual Lecture on Jewish Genealogy

Co-sponsored by Jewish Genealogical Society of Greater Boston and Hebrew College

Free and open to the public

The discovery of diamond deposits in South Africa in 1869 led to intensified extraction, manufacturing and consumption of diamonds in a growing global network.  Jews played a crucial role throughout the process of extracting the rough stones from South African soil, manufacturing in European factories, and distributing gems and jewelry across the Atlantic.  They were not just intermediaries but pioneers and central agents of early
globalization.

Saskia Coenen SnyderSaskia Coenen Snyder is Associate Professor of Modern Jewish History at the University of South Carolina, Columbia. She is the author of Building a Public Judaism: Synagogues and Jewish Identity in Nineteenth-Century Europe  Her next book is tentatively titled Diasporic Gems: Diamonds, Jews, and Nineteenth-Century Global Commerce.

 

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