Izrael PoznaÅ剆ki

Izrael PoznaÅ凷ki

Izrael PoznaÅ剆ki

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Izrael Kalmanowicz Pozna艅ski (b. 1833 in Aleksandr贸w; d. 1900 in 艁贸d藕, Poland) was a textile magnate and philanthropist in 艁贸d藕, and the husband of Elenora Hertz Pozna艅ski.

One of the most eminent entrepreneurs in the Russian-dominated part of Poland, Pozna艅ski was the son of a Jewish merchant of Kowal, who built up a textile empire and became, next to Karl/Karol Scheibler, the most important manufacturer of 艁贸d藕, a 'multicultural' city mainly populated by Poles (Catholic and Jewish) and Germans. The bourgeoisie of these groups was described in Reymont's novel about 艁贸d藕 The Promised Land (Ziemia Obiecana), later filmed by Andrzej Wajda.

Since 1989, the city of 艁贸d藕 has rediscovered its industrial heritage, a unique ensemble of architecture, preserved despite two World Wars. The sites linked to Pozna艅ski's memory are among the most prominent of the city: the huge factory buildings in Ogrodowa Street; the nearby Pozna艅ski Palace, today a museum (including an exhibition about Arthur Rubinstein, another 'Lodschermensch'); and Pozna艅ski's marble tomb in the Jewish cemetery, the biggest Israelite graveyard in Europe. Although Pozna艅ski was devout to the belief of his ancestors, it must be noted that the generous style of his grave monument is scarcely compatible with Jewish tradition, as that religion forbids any luxury for funerals and tombs. (From - copied by the author.)

The mausoleum of Izrael and Eleonora Hertz Pozna艅ski is probably the largest Jewish......
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