Osiris, Daniel Illfa

BANKER, PHILANTHROPIST (FRANCE)
BORN 23 Jul 1825, Bordeaux, Gironde - DIED 5 Feb 1907, Paris
BIRTH NAME Illfa, Daniel
GRAVE LOCATION Paris: Montmartre Cimetière, 20 Avenue Rachel (division 03)

Daniel Illfa, known as Osiris, came from a Jewish family of Moroccan origin. He went to Paris, where made a fortune in the bank of Jules Mirès and Moses Polydore Millaud. During the Second Empire he was involved in most of the important financial operations. He married Leonie Carlier, a Christian, but she died in 1855, a year after she gave birth to two children who died after their birth. After her death he concentrated on philanthropy. He built several synagogues and in 1900 he donated castle Malmaison to the French state.

He disapproved of the conduct of his nieces and left his fortune to the Pasteur Institute. One of his nieces was Claude Debussy's mistress. He was buried at Père Lachaise and at his grave is a reproduction of Michelangelo's "Moses".

Images

The grave of Daniel Osiris at the Montmartre Cimetière, Paris.
Picture by Androom (05 Nov 2017)

 

Sources
Winkler Prins Encyclopedie (editie 1909), 1909
Daniel Iffla - Wikipedia


Osler, Abraham Follett

Published: 15 Dec 2019
Last update: 15 Dec 2019