In the summer of 1872, Robert William Cumberbatch was serving as British consul in Turkey, when a woman accused the Jews of the city of Smyrna of abducting and torturing her child. According to the JC's report, anti-Jewish rioting began but ceased after Cumberbatch "held an inquest... and it proved she was of unsound mind".
Cumberbatch was clearly convinced the Jews deserved his help, writing later: "I sincerely trust the day may not be far distant when the Jewish nation throughout the world may be respected in the same manner as it is in our own happy country".
This was not the only time he intervened on behalf of the Jews of Smyrna, home to thousands of Jews and the site of continuous fighting between the Greek population and the Ottoman rulers. When Cumberbatch died in post in 1876, the local chief rabbi and other Jewish notables attended the funeral and the JC commented that the community had "sustained a great loss" of someone who had "at all times befriended them". Suite.
|Un pogrom à Smyrne fut empêché grâce à l'intervention de R.W.Cumberbatch|