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Morris Roth
Fictional Character
1632 series
POD: May, 1631
Appearance(s): 1632
Ring of Fire (anthology) (The Wallenstein Gambit)
The Anaconda Project
1636: The Viennese Waltz
Type of Appearance: Direct
Nationality: United States of Europe (born in the United States of America)
Religion: Judaism
Date of Birth: 1950
Occupation: Jeweler
General
Spouse: Judith Roth
Affiliations: USE Army
Created by: Eric Flint

Morris Roth was a jeweller. He and his wife Judith were the only Jewish citizens of Grantville when it was transported back in time by the Ring of Fire. The Roths would prove important in bridging relationships between up-timer tolerance and down-timer anti-Semitism.

Early lifeEdit

Roth lived in Grantville after his father had been liberated from Buchenwald by Tom Stearns, the grandfather of Michael Stearns, at the end of World War II. Tom Stearns invited the senior Roth to move to Grantville after the war, and Roth, feeling that there would be no safer place than near his rescuer, accepted.

The Ring of FireEdit

Shortly after a posse led by Mike Stearns rescued Rebecca Abrabanel and her father Balthazar Abrabanel, he asked that the Roths play host to their first "immigrants". The Roths agreed. Rebecca was astonished to learn that, not only were the Roths Jewish, but that they were openly so.

Days later, the Roth home became host to a meeting between the Grantville government and Alexander Mackay, a mercenary in the employ of Gustavus Adolphus. It was here that the first alliance between the two entities was forged.

That night, Balthazar Abrabanel shared his concerns that his daughter had grown attracted to Mike Stearns, and vice versa. Morris Roth shared his family history, and his high opinion of the Stearns family, Mike Stearns included.

One of Morris' strongest concerns was forestalling the massacres of Jews that had accompanied the Khmelnytsky Uprising. Albrecht von Wallenstein's assertion that he not only could, but would prevent this led to his decision to accompany Wallenstein to Prague.

PragueEdit

After being reminded by Red Sybolt that he was just "ahead of the wave" with regard to the beginnings of modern-style faceted jewelry, Morris formed a partnership with Antonio Nasi and Gerhard Rueckert. The partners were able to combine Morris' up-time knowledge of design with the skills and tools of down-time gemcutters. They knew that they would, at best, be able to keep a monopoly on the new designs for a few years, but that they stood to make a fortune during that time. This turned out to be the case. The new "Prague jewels" were a sensation, and Morris became a very rich man. Among other things, he was able to use his wealth to establish the University of Prague as a secular, quasi-coeducational institution, with Bishop Comenius of the Unity of the Brethren as its first rector.

Morris was deeply committed to his up-time Reform beliefs, and this sometimes caused friction with Jason Gotkin and the leaders of Prague's Jewish community. Still, he was able to successfully lead the defense of Prague's Stone Bridge against Heinrich Holk's troops.



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