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The Rothschild
1798 - 1820 1820 - 1850 1850  - 1880 1880 - 1914 1914 - 1945 1945 - 1980 1980 - Now

1914 - 1945 :
The First World War marked a change of fortune and emphasis for Rothschild.

After the First World War, merchant banks yielded their traditional place in raising finance for governments yielded to new international funding institutions.

The Rothschild banks now began a steady transition towards the raising of finance for commercial and industrial concerns.

British clients between the wars included the London underground and F.W. Woolworth.

In 1919, in a new page in the long history of Rothschild involvement with gold, N M Rothschild & Sons took on the role of permanent chair for the new daily fixing of the world gold price, a City tradition which has taken place ever since at New Court.

The crash of 1929 brought problems, not least in Austria where Louis von Rothschild struggled hard to shore up the Creditanstalt, Austria's largest bank, to prevent collapse.

Less than a decade later a darker tide arrived.

The Austrian Rothschilds' interests were seized in 1938 by the Nazis, bringing to an end more than a century at the heart of middle European banking. In France and Austria, the family was scattered for the duration of the war.

« Singly the five arrows of the Rothschild coat of arms may be broken.
Together they will endure. »

Scouts de France de Ferney-Voltaire