1 July 1244 Freedom and Restrictions in Austria #otdimjh

On This Day In Messianic Jewish History

1 July 1244 Charter of the Jews of the Duchy of Austria gives freedoms and restrictions #otdimjh

A good example of the rights and limitations given to the Jews in medieval Europe is given here – worth reading in full!


Inasmuch as the Jews, during the Middle Ages, were looked upon as a distinct racial and religious group who could not and should not be subject to the same laws as Christians, they were given special charters by which they were governed. The most famous of these is that granted by Frederick the Belligerent in July, 1244 to the Jews of his duchy of Austria. This document is important because it was soon adopted, with some changes, by most East European countries to which the masses of Jews finally drifted: Hungary, Bohemia, Poland, Silesia, and Lithuania. This charter-a very favorable one-was issued to encourage money-lending among the Austrian Jews and probably also…

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