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Cornelia Aust

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The communal pinkas (logbook) of the Jewish community in Frankfurt on the Oder from the second half of the eighteenth century provides a glimpse into the ways of the communal leaders – usually the wealthiest merchants of the community – to raise the increasing taxes and dues demanded by the Prussian state. It, thus, allows us to examine, first, the interrelation between economic position and social power within the Jewish community and what this power meant taking into account the limited degree of communal autonomy of Prussian Jews. Secondly, it helps us to explore the trans-regional networks Jewish merchants used to secure the financial situation of their community and the extent to which these connections overlapped with their commercial undertakings.

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  • Pinkas/Minute book of the Jewish Community in Frankfurt on the Oder

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http://wesscholar.wesleyan.edu/emw/emw2010/

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16-8-2010 3:00 PM

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Wesleyan University, Middletown, CT

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Aug 16th, 3:00 PM

The Price of Power: Financing a Jewish Community

Wesleyan University, Middletown, CT

The communal pinkas (logbook) of the Jewish community in Frankfurt on the Oder from the second half of the eighteenth century provides a glimpse into the ways of the communal leaders – usually the wealthiest merchants of the community – to raise the increasing taxes and dues demanded by the Prussian state. It, thus, allows us to examine, first, the interrelation between economic position and social power within the Jewish community and what this power meant taking into account the limited degree of communal autonomy of Prussian Jews. Secondly, it helps us to explore the trans-regional networks Jewish merchants used to secure the financial situation of their community and the extent to which these connections overlapped with their commercial undertakings.

This presentation is for the following text(s):

  • Pinkas/Minute book of the Jewish Community in Frankfurt on the Oder

http://fordham.bepress.com/emw/emw2010/emw2010/8