This program is over. Hope you didn't miss it! Browse other programs we offer The Rothschilds: From Frankfurt’s Judengasse to Bankers to the World Evening Lecture/Seminar Thursday, December 8, 2022 - 6:30 p.m. to 7:45 p.m. ET Add to calendar iCalendar Gmail Yahoo Mail Outlook Outlook.com Code: 1H0744 Location: This online program is presented on Zoom. Select your Tickets Resize text The Elector of Hesse Entrusting Mayer Amschel Rothschild with his Treasure by Moritz Daniel Oppenheim They spent centuries confined to the Judengasse ghetto in Frankfurt, earning a living peddling goods. But the Rothschild family moved past the antisemitism, emerging as one of the world's wealthiest and most influential banking dynasties. Join historian Ralph Nurnberger as he shares this rags-to-riches story. The family’s banking business was founded in the 18th century by Mayer Amschel Rothschild who believed that the best path to success was to keep control of the family’s business in Rothschild hands. His strategy, which shielded information about their wealth and discouraged takeovers, proved to be brilliant. By the 1820s, Mayer and his five sons had established branches in London, Paris, Frankfurt, Vienna, and Naples. The decision to finance expansion in industries such as railway systems was instrumental in their growth. Successive generations of Rothschilds were able to further expand the banking and financial enterprises, as well as influence European and Middle Eastern foreign policies. Patron Information If you register multiple individuals, you will be asked to supply individual names and email addresses so they can receive a Zoom link email. Please note that if there is a change in program schedule or a cancellation, we will notify you via email, and it will be your responsibility to notify other registrants in your group. Unless otherwise noted, registration for online programs typically closes two hours prior to the start time on the date of the program. Once registered, patrons should receive an automatic email confirmation from CustomerService@SmithsonianAssociates.org. Separate Zoom link information will be emailed closer to the date of the program. If you do not receive your Zoom link information 24 hours prior to the start of the program, please email Customer Service for assistance. View Common FAQs about our online programs presented on Zoom.