Felix M. Warburg
|Felix M. Warburg|
Warburg circa 1920
|Born||Felix Moritz Warburg
14 January 1871
|Died||20 September 1937
New York City, New York
|Employer||M. M. Warburg|
He was a grandson of Moses Marcus Warburg, one of the founders of the bank, M. M. Warburg (in 1798). Felix Warburg was a partner in Kuhn, Loeb & Co..
Warburg was an important leader of the American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee, established to help the Jews in Europe in the period leading up to, and especially during, the Great Depression. Warburg actively raised funds in the United States on behalf of European Jews who faced hunger following World War I. As early as 1919, he was quoted in the New York Times discussing the dire situation of Jewish war sufferers.
Warburg and the Joint Distribution Committee were also instrumental in the 1930s after the global Great Depression following the crash of the New York stock exchange in 1929.
He married Frieda Schiff (see Warburg Family page) (3 February 1876 – 14 September 1958), daughter of Jacob Henry Schiff (1847–1920) and Therese Loeb Schiff, on 19 March 1895, in New York. They had four sons and one daughter:
- Frederick Marcus Warburg
- Gerald Felix Warburg
- Paul Felix Warburg
- Edward Mortimer Morris Warburg
- Carola Warburg
All of their children were active in community service.
As a result of his philanthropic activities, a new Jewish village established in Mandate Palestine in 1939, Kfar Warburg, was named after him. He was a trustee of the Jewish Theological Seminary in New York.
- "F. M. Warburg Dies At 66 In Home Here. Senior Partner in Kuhn, Loeb Is Victim of Heart Attack. Ill Only Three Days". New York Times. October 21, 1937. Retrieved 2015-02-23.
Felix M. Warburg, financier, and champion of many philanthropic causes, died yesterday of a heart attack at the age of 66. He was stricken at 4 A. M. last Monday in his home at 1,109 Fifth Avenue, but his illness at first was not regarded as serious.
- "Tells sad plight of Jews" New York Times, 12 November 1919
- "A VISUAL HISTORY OF AFHU". American Friends of the Hebrew University. Retrieved August 29, 2016.
- Archer, p. x (Foreword)
- Schmidt, p. 229
- "Frieda Schiff"
- Yehuda Bauer (1974) My Brother's Keeper. A History of the American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee 1929-1939 Jewish Publication Society of America, Philadelphia, ISBN 0-8276-0048-8
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