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Industrialists, Pioneers in Business

Many Jewish industrialists and businessmen played an important role in Poland's development, and helped provide the foundations for modern business. Thanks to their efforts and innovations, entire industrial centers arose, such as those in Lodz and Bialystok. It was in part thanks to their investments that the Poland was able to recover economically after the First World War.
Thanks to fortunes amassed in the first phase of modern industry and capitalism, many of these Jewish businessmen also supported charitable, cultural, sports and educational activities, both in the Polish and Jewish communities. The National Philharmonic in Warsaw was founded thanks to such initiatives: approximately half of the funds were contributions from wealthy Jewish investors and capitalists.

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