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Old 11-08-2012, 07:27 PM   #57
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Lionel Walter Rothschild, 2nd Baron Rothschild, Baron de Rothschild FRS (8 February 1868 – 27 August 1937), a scion (In kinship, a descendant (of a notable family), a son or daughter) of the Rothschild family, was a British banker, politician, and zoologist...London Square (Hebrew: כיכר לונדון‎, Kikar London) is a public space in the center of Tel Aviv, named after London, England as an act of honour for the British people and especially the Londoners who stood in the sustained bombing of the United Kingdom by Nazi Germany during World War II—The Blitz...
Walter Rothschild was the eldest son and heir of Lord [Nathan] Rothschild, an immensely wealthy financier, of the international Rothschild financial dynasty, the first unconverted (to Christianity) Jewish peer in England...Rothschild was 6' 3" tall, suffered from a speech impediment and was very shy, but he had his photograph taken riding on a giant tortoise, and drove a carriage harnessed to six zebras to Buckingham Palace to prove that zebras could be tamed...Though he never married, Rothschild had two mistresses, one of whom bore him a daughter...In 1929 he bought one of the largest mansions in the Upper East Side of Manhattan, New York, at 70th Street, with over 11,000 square feet (1,000 m2)...Rothschild studied zoology at Magdalene College, Cambridge. Meeting Albert C.L. G. Günther sparked his interest in the taxonomy of birds and butterflies.

As an active Zionist and close friend of Chaim Weizmann, he worked to formulate the draft declaration for a Jewish homeland in Palestine. On 2 November 1917 he received a letter from the British foreign secretary, Arthur Balfour, addressed to his London home at 148 Piccadilly. In this letter the British government declared its support for the establishment in Palestine of "a national home for the Jewish people". This letter became known as the Balfour Declaration...He also inherited the title "Baron de Rothschild" of the Austrian nobility, which was an authorized title in the United Kingdom by Warrant of 27 April 1932...
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