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Rural Jews of Alsace

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From 1348/9-1477, the Jews of Alsace were expelled from the cities in which they had lived throughout the Middle Ages. While many opted to leave the Empire for centers in Eastern Europe and Italy, some Jews remained, moving to the towns and villages in the countryside. By the 1470's, the majority of Alsatian Jews lived in rural areas. Quotas often dictated residential policies in towns and villages, so it was not uncommon to find one or two Jewish families per village/town. The following documents detail the relationship of rural Alsatian Jews, as represented by their communal leaders, with two Alsatian cities, Strasbourg and Hagenau.

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  • Decree banning Jewish commerce in Strassburg (1530)
  • Letter from Josel of Rosheim to the magistrates of Strasbourg (1534)
  • Letter from Josel of Rosheim to the magistrates of the city of Strasbourg (1534)
  • Letter from Lazarus of Surbourg to the magistrates of Hagenau (1575)

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22-8-2005 2:00 PM

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University of Maryland, College Park, MD

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Aug 22nd, 2:00 PM

Rural Jews of Alsace

University of Maryland, College Park, MD

From 1348/9-1477, the Jews of Alsace were expelled from the cities in which they had lived throughout the Middle Ages. While many opted to leave the Empire for centers in Eastern Europe and Italy, some Jews remained, moving to the towns and villages in the countryside. By the 1470's, the majority of Alsatian Jews lived in rural areas. Quotas often dictated residential policies in towns and villages, so it was not uncommon to find one or two Jewish families per village/town. The following documents detail the relationship of rural Alsatian Jews, as represented by their communal leaders, with two Alsatian cities, Strasbourg and Hagenau.

This presentation is for the following text(s):

  • Decree banning Jewish commerce in Strassburg (1530)
  • Letter from Josel of Rosheim to the magistrates of Strasbourg (1534)
  • Letter from Josel of Rosheim to the magistrates of the city of Strasbourg (1534)
  • Letter from Lazarus of Surbourg to the magistrates of Hagenau (1575)

Click here for the video