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Metz

The Metz family name occurred quite frequently among Frankfurt Jews. Some of the families originated from the the town of Metz in Lorraine, while others had lived there temporarily.
One particularly notable member was the moneychanger Moses Elkan von Metz, who lived in the Vogelsang and controlled very substantial financial and trading businesses throughout central Europe. He had business associates in Amsterdam, Hamburg, and Cologne. The family also had dealings with Princes, including the Bishop of Würzburg and the Prince of Bavaria. Liebmann, who died in 1714 and was the son of Moses Elkan Metz, eventually rose to become court factor in Würzburg.
Not all the great financial ventures of the Metz family were successful, however. They were continually at risk from the bankruptcies of major business associates, such as that of Job Meyer of Amsterdam in 1679.




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