Picture of Paul Wallich as a boy

Paul Wallich as a boy.

Although Hermann could never quite bring himself to convert as well, he told his wife that if they were going to stay in Germany the children should be baptized and raised as Lutherans. By having his children baptized, he argued, he was making it easier for them to become useful members of society. He considered it folly to martyr oneself to a religion and to ideas that one didn't necessarily believe in. "Instead of bad Jews, I wanted to make good Christians out of my children," he later wrote. So shortly after Paul's birth, Paul and his sister were both christened in the Protestant faith.

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