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Jewish emancipation in Prussia

 Collection
Identifier: AR 10218

Scope and Content Note

This collection contains research assembled by Shulamit Magnus on Jewish life in Prussia and consists entirely of photocopies of nineteenth century Prussian documents. Included are copies of address books for the city of Cologne as well as copies of transcriptions of Prussian government agencies' documents relating to Jews, including statistics of Jewish populations, government reports and official governmental correspondence. All transcriptions are typed; some photocopies of the original documents are included. Photocopies of documents were previously numbered and arranged in chronological order.

The first five folders of the collection consist of copies of address books for Cologne, showing the names, addresses and occupations of residents. They include a few notes that relate to the existence of Jewish-related locations such as synagogues.

The bulk of the collection consists of copies of transcriptions of Prussian government agencies' documents. These documents relate to numerous subjects and various locations within Prussia and were often written on behalf of government agencies, most frequently for officials in the Ministry of State (Staatsministerium) and the Ministry of Religion, Education and Medical Affairs (Ministerium der Geistlichen, Unterrichts- und Medizinal-Angelegenheiten, usually abbreviated in the documents as MGUMA), but also for members of the Ministry of Justice (Justizministerium) and the Ministry of the Interior (Ministerium des Innern), among various others. Many of these documents consist of reports with statistics on Jews and Jewish life for various Prussian cities and towns, including statistics on the Jewish population, on Jewish religious, cultural and educational structures, and on Jewish businesses. Such statistics are especially prominent for the years of 1843 and 1845.

Another frequent subject of the Prussian documentation, especially among the later documents, is the citizenship of Jews; such documents include minutes of meetings of the Ministry of State and official correspondence considering this subject. Related are the decisions of, propositions for and minutes of meetings of the Rhenish and the Westphalian Provincial Parliaments (Provinziallandtage) related to the emancipation of Jews, which will be found in the folders of undated documents as well as of those from April-July 1843, January-March 1845, and April-December 1845. Later documents also frequently focus on questions related to the military service of Jews and, especially in documents from 1847-1849, the involvement of Jews in criminal activities.

The container list for this collection includes specific listings for each folder of locations for which there are reports or statistics as well as other prominent documents within folders.

Dates

  • 1822-1873
  • Majority of material found within 1843-1847

Creator

Language of Materials

The collection is in German.

Access Restrictions

Open to researchers.

Access Information

Collection is digitized. Follow the links in the Container List to access the digitized materials.

Use Restrictions

There may be some restrictions on the use of the collection. For more information, contact:

Leo Baeck Institute, Center for Jewish History, 15 West 16th Street, New York, NY 10011

email: lbaeck@lbi.cjh.org

Biographical Note

Shulamit Magnus is a professor of history and Jewish studies at Oberlin College in Oberlin, Ohio, who earned her PhD degree at Columbia University with a doctoral dissertation titled "Cologne : Jewish emancipation in a German city, 1798-1871."

Extent

1 Linear Feet

Abstract

This collection contains research assembled by Shulamit Magnus and consists entirely of photocopies of nineteenth century Prussian documents. Included are copies of address books for the city of Cologne as well as copies of transcriptions of Prussian government documents relating to Jews, including statistics of Jewish populations, government reports and official governmental correspondence.

Arrangement

The collection is arranged in one series.

Related Material

The LBI Library includes the book Jewish Emancipation in a German City: Cologne, 1798-1871 (DS 135 G4 C65 M34 1997).
Title
Guide to the [Jewish Emancipation in Prussia]: A Shulamit Magnus Research Collection 1822-1873 AR 10218
Status
In Progress
Author
Processed by Dianne Ritchey and LBI Staff
Date
© 2014
Language of description
English
Script of description
Latin
Language of description note
Description is in English.
Edition statement
This version was derived from ShulamitMagnus.xml

Revision Statements

  • September 2016:: dao links added by Emily Andresini.

Repository Details

Part of the Leo Baeck Institute Repository

Contact:
15 West 16th Street
New York NY 10011 United States