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Oppenheimer, Sir Ernest (1880–1957), diamond merchant and financier, was born in Friedberg, Germany, on 22 May 1880, the fifth son and eighth child of Eduard Oppenheimer (1841–1924), cigar merchant, and his wife, Nanny Hirschhorn (1841–1912). From the age of ten he was educated in French and classics at the ...

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Sir Ernest Oppenheimer (1880–1957) by unknown photographer De Beers Consolidated Mines, South Africa

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Solomon, Saul (1817–1892), newspaper proprietor and politician in Cape Colony, was born on 25 May 1817 at St Helena, the son of Joseph Solomon, merchant of Solomon, Moss, and Gideon and his wife, Hannah, née De Mitz. Born into a Jewish merchant family, his parents, in the absence of a synagogue, were married in the island's Anglican church where their children were later baptized, though their liberal dualism meant that the marriage was recorded in the family's Hebrew prayer book and the eldest sons briefly attended a Jewish boarding-school in ...