Oct. 23, 1340

“Order” of Count Walram of Sponheim-Kreuznach [Present-day Germany; House of Sponheim]: “[…] 5) Count [Sponheim-Keuznach] orders the Jews – who belong to him – to be led out of Kirchberg at night, while Jews (‘Erbjuden’), who have settled there under the protection of Archbishop Balduins and all other Jews who live there, to be killed. […]” [Researcher’s note: This deplorable massacre was ordered by Count Sponheim with the intention of wiping out the debt he owed to Jews and in order to appropriate their entire property. It is said that Count Sponheim’s servant went from door to door to lay claim to the belonging of the Jews of Sponheim. Also, this passage – originally written in old German – has been paraphrased in an effort to abbreviate the very long original text.]
Koblenz, LHA, 1 A 5042, Orig., dt., Perg. [Original Text]; Medieval Ashkenaz: Corpus der Quellen zur Geschichte der Juden in Spätmittelalterlichen Reich; Quellen zur Geschichte der Juden in Erzbistum Mainz (1273-1347); (Corpus of the Sources on the History of the Jews in the Late Middle Ages; Sources on the History of Jews in Archbishopric of Mainz (1273-1347) [Summary of Text]); Researched and Translated by Ziba Shadjaani 7/1/2017 ADD PAGE #