[Decree against Jewish Beggars].

AUCTION 75 | Thursday, March 08th, 2018 at 1:00 PM
Auction of Fine Judaica: Printed Books, Manuscripts, Autograph Letters, Antiquities, Ceremonial Objects & Graphic Art

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Lot 149

[Decree against Jewish Beggars].

Text in German. pp. 4. Stained. Unbound. Sm. folio.


Est: $1,000 - $1,500
George II (1683-1760) King of Great Britain and Ireland, Duke of Brunswick-Lüneburg (Hanover) and Prince-elector of the Holy Roman Empire issued this Order following the outbreak of plague in Hungary. The decree strictly prohibited begging Jews (“Bettel-Juden”) to enter the Duke’s German territories and therefore residents of these territories were forbidden to extend accommodation to this vagrant group. Should these unwanted Jews be found in the ducal territories they were to be punished harshly - branded with a hot iron before being driven out of the country. Further reentry to be punished by hanging.