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Moses Mendelssohn (1729-1786)

June 23, 2011

Tags: order, creed, Fromet Guggenheim, Germany, humanism, Jews, marriage, Mendelssohn - Felix (1809-1847), Mendelssohn - Moses (1729-1786), Moses Mendelssohn (1729-1786), philosophy, proposal, race, religion

Definitely, I am one for sappy stories. This will be one of a sappiest – but also one of the most poignant.

When the German philosopher and humanist Moses Mendelssohn proposed to Fromet Guggenheim, she hesitated to accept. He knew she hesitated because he was a hunchback, and told her this story:

“Before I was born, an archangel showed me a room with all the unborn people in the world. I pointed out a beautiful girl. The archangel agreed with that she was beautiful but, he said, you see she is a hunchback. So I offered to the archangel to take the hunchback on myself so that she could live a good life.”

Fromet married Moses Mendelssohn. They had six children and had a long and happy marriage. One of their grandchildren would be Felix Mendelssohn (1809-1847), the composer.

Moses Mendelssohn, a Jew, believed that people of all creeds and all colors and races should be living together peacefully.
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