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date: 15 October 2019

Warburg, Felix Moritz locked

  • Gary Galván


(b Hamburg, Germany, Jan 14, 1871; d New York, NY, Oct 20, 1937). Banker and philanthropist of German birth. Hailing from a German-Jewish banking dynasty with noted accomplishments in art, music, pharmacology, philanthropy, and physics, Warburg was educated in Hamburg and immigrated to the United States in 1894, where he joined the financial firm Kuhn, Loeb & Co. He was an important leader in the American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee, and supported Palestine as a Jewish refuge. The Israeli settlement Kfar Warburg was named for him in 1939.

Warburg participated on the board of many distinguished charities in New York, served as a board member and vice president of the Institute of Musical Arts, and played an instrumental role in the merger of the Philharmonic Symphony Society of New York and the New York SO in 1928. Prior to Gertrude Clarke Whitall’s purchases, Warburg acquired a set of four Stradivari instruments for use by the newly formed Musical Art Quartet....

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