Oct. 13, 1316

“Official Announcement” of the Head of the Community, Knights, and Council Elders [Present-day Germany; Free Imperial City of Frankfurt and Wetterau]: “The head of the community, knights, and the Council Elders of the city of Frankfurt announce that the Jewish community has transferred the interests […] due on their synagogue, schoolyard, the cemetery and all the homes associated with these to Wingand and Kuntzela Kohnhusen. The Jewish community – in great sorrow – sees no other way out than the sale of the above mentioned interests because of their large debt. The interest is to be paid annually on St. Michael’s Day (September 29) or the following week.  […] Should the Jewish community not be able to pay the interest on time, Wigand Kolnhusen shall close the synagogue, the schoolyard, the cemetery, and the associated houses, and keep them closed until the Jews have made the payment. For each week the Jew are late, they are to pay four Marks of Cologne as penalty. Should the Jewish community let ten years pass before repurchasing all or at least half of the interests, the unpaid portion of interest can never be reclaimed/repurchased. […]”
UB zur Geschichte der Juden in Frankfurt, Nr. 43, S. 13; (“Certificate Book on the History of the Jews in Frankfurt, No. 43, p. 113”); Researched and Translated by Ziba Shadjaani 4/22/2017