How Indian families took over the Antwerp diamond trade from orthodox Jews

Antwerp’s diamond business had long been controlled by its orthodox, largely Hasidic Jewish community.

Although 65% of the Jewish population of the city was exterminated during the Second World War, those who had remained, their ranks swelled by others fleeing former Nazi-occupied countries in Eastern Europe, had been able to regain control of the centuries-old diamond trade.

In the popular European imagination, diamonds remain inextricably linked with the Jews. When I’d told a group of...

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