The Nation: The Growth of a Family Empire

When Edgar Bronfman was a little boy, his father built a bicycle path behind the wall that surrounded the Bronfman estate rn Montreal. That way Edgar could ride in complete safety from any danger of kidnapers. It was a few years after the Lindbergh kidnaping, and Sam Bronfman was a man who liked to anticipate trouble and take precautions. That was a trait he had inherited from his father, Yechiel, who had been a prosperous miller in Bessarabia in Eastern Europe. When Yechiel went to Montreal in 1889 in flight from Russian antiSemitism, he...

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