Friday, April 12, 2013

Napoleon's Coat and the E1b1b1 Y-DNA Connection

The Story of Napoleon's Coat

Napoleon sought shelter in Mogilev and toward evening one day in late November or early December he met Yoneh Lurie who was praying his mincha (afternoon) prayers. Noting he was a Jew, Napoleon reassuredly approached him for help and assistance for his journey home. The historical record recalls how Napoleon had himself "personally carried out a reconnaissance." Lurie, fearful for his life, went with him seven parsaot until Napoleon was safe. In appreciation the Emperor removed his coat with its gold and silver adornments and gave it to him as a gift. On his way back to the city some robbers approached Yoneh. When they attempted to rob him of the coat he offered them the gold embroidery and gold buttons in exchange for his being allowed to keep the stripped coat.

In this way he was able to save the coat which was then hidden away for a number of years so as not to arouse any suspicions among the Russians. This coat was later made into a parochet (cover for the Torah ark) with a dedication embroidered on it with a Hebrew inscription, which reads:

As for my prayers, may He who dwells in the East, hear my plea. Joseph, son of Jacob Aaron Lurie, may his light shine from Mogilev. And his wife Fruma from Slutzk.

The story of this parochet has been preserved in the personal writings of Yoneh Lurie. It is located in the Hebrew University and National Library as manuscript 2660.  From : The Lurie Legacy

An 1806 French print depicts Napoleon Bonaparte emancipating the Jews.

Finding of the determination of the Y-haplogroup of French Emperor Napoléon I (Napoléon Bonaparte). DNA was extracted from two islands of follicular sheaths located at the basis of two of his beard hairs, conserved in the Vivant Denon reliquary. The Y-haplogroup of Napoléon I, determined by the study of 10 NRY-SNPs (non-recombinant Y-single nucleotide polymorphisms), is E1b1b1c1*. Charles Napoléon, the current collateral male descendant of Napoléon I, belongs to this same Y-haplogroup; his Y-STR profile was determined by using a set of 37 NRY-STRs (non-recombinant Y-microsatellites).

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