This Day in Jewish History 1873: A Jew Who Helped the Sultan Usher Turkey Into the Modern Age Dies

Abraham Camonda, banker to the Ottomans, almost wound up excommunicated for training young Jews to be modern members of Turkish society.

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March 30, 1873, is the date on which Abraham Salomon Camonda, banker to Ottoman potentates, died at the age of 92 or 93. He passed on in Paris after having been spared excommunication for urging Jews to fit...