Sunday, April 25, 2010



As reported in a previous post, the Bloomfield Archives kept at Library and Archives Canada, contain documents that exposed, for the first time, an important relation between Montreal lawyer Louis M. Bloomfield and the Rothschild family.

Previously, I have reproduced a 1960 document showing that Louis Bloomfield was, with Baron Eugene de Rothschild, one of the shareholders of Tri Continental Pipe Line Ltd, a corporation that was granted by Israel 49 years exclusivity on the use of a 16-inch pipeline between the Red Sea and Haifa port on the Mediterranean sea.

I have also explained how Bloomfield’s relations to the Rothschild dated back to the Second World War when the Montreal lawyer had for client Oscar Federer, the manager of the Vitkovice iron plant of Czechoslovakia, an industrial complex held by the Rothschilds, that produced arms for the Nazis under German occupation.

The Bloomfield Archives include many others documents from which we can understand that the relation between Louis Bloomfield and the Rotschilds was significant.

Here is an extract of a January 15, 1965 letter from Louis M. Bloomfield to Alejandro Escandon, a member of one of the wealthiest family in Mexico. In this letter, Bloomfield confirms that the Rothschilds are not only his customers but his friends.

After having introduced Oscar Federer as one of his dearest friends, Bloomfield wrote:
“I brought him to Canada on the 8th August, 1940, and it was through him that I met and acted for the various members of the Rothchild family, who are still my friends (to a certain extent) and clients.”

Elsewhere in the Archives, a passionate 1949 letter from Louis Bloomfield to Baron Eugen de Rothschild shows the importance of the implication of the Montreal lawyer in the international businesses of the powerfull family.

After WWII, the possession of the Vitkovice Mining and Iron Corporation was the object of intense negotiations between the Rothschilds and the Czechoslovakian government. Those talks were complicated because, since 1937, through a clever scheme that implicated many holdings interests (including one Frejas corporation from Sweden), Vitkovice Corporation’s ownership have been transferred, to the English, Alliance Assurance Co, in order to keep it out of reach of the Nazis. But the same maze of legalities that resisted the German invader during the War, was now opposing the legitimate Czech government that wanted to control its crucial iron industry. Thus, to claim possession of Vitkovice, the Czech state could not use his own sovereignty to fix by itself the value of this property, but had to satisfy the exigencies of international laws, that means to pay the Rothschilds the price they were willing to accept.

In August 1949, four years after the end of the war, the negotiations were still opened and, at one point, Louis M. Bloomfield, the Montreal lawyer, felt that his European colleagues were trying to oust him from this case. He then addressed a vehement 3 pages letter to Baron Eugen de Rothschild to make clear to him that he was and has always been central in the Vitkovice scheme. Bloomfield stated:

“(…) I can only assume, therefore, that it is your intention to by-pass me completely in these negotiations. I am, therefore, obliged to call the following facts to your attentions:
It was I who brought the assets wich are presently the basis for negotiation out from Czechoslovakia to London.
It was I who succeeded in making an agreement with the Czechs that their Government would not touch these assets up to the present time.
It was I who deposited with New Court over L320,000.0s.0d. to pay dividends declared for 1937 and 1938.
It was I who succeeded in bringing the shares of Freja to England and Sweden; without these shares no discussions would now be taking place.
It was I who administered Freja jointly with Wetter since 18 years, and I am the only one with full knowledge of all the details concerning Freja.
All of the above would make my participation in the present negotiations in London not only useful but necessary. Further, my connections with the parties involved would enable me to learn unofficially the maximum payment that might be expected from the Czechs and this is a very important thing in view of the amounts involved.”

Such proclamations from Bloomfield himself clearly show that his relations with the Rothschilds revolved around very serious international business and that the Montreal lawyer wasn’t a minor participant in the Rothschild family universe. Furthermore, consider that in 1959, 10 years after that 1949 direct letter, Bloomfield was still making important business with Baron Eugen, by incorporating in Canada Eugen’s Tri Continental Pipeline, and you will have a sense of Bloomfield’s true importance.

Because they shed new light on international historical matters, the Bloomfield Archives located at Library and Archives Canada definitely are one of LAC most precious collection. It is unfortunate that LAC, instead of profiting from the reconnaissance and the fame that should come from offering to the world such historical treasures, have to suffer from the bad image it give itself by hiding an important part of this collection, and that against the will of its donator.


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