KING­TUT’SJEWISHLINK

The Jewish Chronicle - - Comment & Analysis -

Once again, we have the chance to see the re-cre­ation of Tu­tankhamun’s tomb. There is a Jewish link in the dis­cov­ery of his rest­ing place.

When Howard Carter dis­cov­ered the tomb in 1922, it was Al­fred de Roth­schild’s money which had fi­nanced the search. Al­fred had left his im­mense wealth to Almina Vic­to­ria Maria Alexandra Womb­well, whom he re­garded as a daugh­ter, and who was mar­ried to Ge­orge Ed­ward Stan­hope Molyneux Her­bert, Fifth Earl of Carnar­von — Howard’s pa­tron in his search for the miss­ing tomb.

The so-called “curse” that is as­so­ci­ated with the dis­cov­ery of the tomb even may have ap­plied to Almina, as it is noted that she suf­fered from a mos­quito bite shortly be­fore she died in 1929, the same event that led to the death of her hus­band. Doreen Berger Stan­more Park, Mid­dle­sex

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