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Train wreck at Montparnasse (October 22, 1895) by Studio Lévy and Sons.
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The Legend of Good Women

Esther, born Hadassah, was a Jewish queen of the Persian Empire in the Hebrew Bible and biblical prophet, the queen of Ahasuerus (traditionally identified with Xerxes I), and heroine of the Biblical Book of Esther which is named after her. The name Esther comes from the Persian word "star".

As a result of Esther's intervention and influence, Jews lived in the Persian Empire for 2400 years thereafter. Esther's husband Ahasuerus followed in the footsteps of Cyrus the Great, in showing mercy to the Jews of Persia: Cyrus had decreed an end to the Babylonian captivity of the Jews upon his conquest of Babylon in 539 BC.

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