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GÜNZBURG, GABRIEL JACOB BEN NAPHTALIHIRZ:

Lithuanian financier and philanthropist; born at Wilna about 1793; died at Simferopol, Crimea, May 2, 1853. After Günzburg had been married at Vitebsk, he settled at Kamenetz-Podolsk. But his business was distributed over many other places, and he lived for a certain time at St. Petersburg. Günzburg applied his philanthropy to four towns, Wilna, Vitebsk, Kamenetz-Podolsk, and Simferopol; in the last-named town he built a hospital. On the proposition of the Russian minister of finances, Nicholas I. conferred on Günzburg the title of "honorary and hereditary citizen" (Oct. 22, 1848).

Bibliography:
  • Fuenn, Ḳiryah Ne'emanah, p. 283;
  • Maggid, Toledot Mishpeḥot Ginẓburg, pp. 78-81, 145-147.
H. R. M. Sel.
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