Annual Lecture: Saskia Coenen Snyder – Diamonds, Jews and the Expansion of 19th Century Global Trade
November 17 @ 3:30 pm - 5:30 pm
at Hebrew College
The Heidi Urich Annual Lecture on Jewish Genealogy
cosponsored by JGSGB and Hebrew College
The discovery of diamond deposits in South Africa in 1869 led to intensified extraction, manufacturing and consumption of diamonds in a growing global network. Jews played a crucial role throughout the process of extracting the rough stones from South African soil, manufacturing in European factories, and distributing gems and jewelry across the Atlantic. They were not just intermediaries but pioneers and central agents of early
Saskia Coenen Snyder is Associate Professor of Modern Jewish History at the University of South Carolina, Columbia. She is the author of Building a Public Judaism: Synagogues and Jewish Identity in Nineteenth-Century Europe. Her next book is tentatively titled Diasporic Gems: Diamonds, Jews, and Nineteenth-Century Global Commerce.