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Elkan Reutlinger (1767-1818) was a wealthy Jewish businessman, what at the time would be called a "Court Jew", who served the local aristocracy as a banker and purveyor of goods, in Karlsruhe. When the Jewish community of Baden was officially formed in 1809, the Grand Duke appointed Elkan Reutlinger as its first director. In a solemn act, a commissioner handed over the order via Reutlinger to the Baden government on May 30, 1809 in the Karlsruhe synagogue, in front of the community. Elkan Reutlinger and his descendants were immensely wealthy residents of Karlsruhe, and their home, a palace on the Erbprinzenstrasse, was a well-known landmark of the city in the following century. Reutlinger was the brother of Loeb Bielefeld (see portrait under call number 78.51b).

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Unknown Artist: Portrait of Elkan Reutlinger, Leo Baeck Institute Art and Objects Collection, 78.53.

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