May 18, 1403

“Writ” of King Rupert (‘Ruprecht’), King of Germany addressed to the Schultheiß* and [City] Council of Oppenheim [Present-day Germany]: “We, Rupert […] announce herewith [… and permit the city of Oppenheim …] with the power of this letter that the Schultheiss and city council may accept/admit as many Jews [as necessary] but not more […] to settle [there] so that the local Burgmannen** can make their annual burg-payments […]” [Researcher’s note: *A Schultheiß in medieval Germany was the head of a municipality, similar to a mayor. **Burgmann sg./Burgmannen pl. were part of the nobility.]
König Ruprecht von der Pfalz in seinen Beziehungen zu den Juden. Ungedruckte Königsurkunden nebst ergänzenden Aktenstücken. Gesammelt und mitgeteilt von Moritz Stern. (King Rupert of Palatinate in his relations to Jews. Unprinted royal documents together with supplemental documents. Collected and shared with Moritz Stern); (Keil; 1898); Researched and Translated by Ziba Shadjaani 6/15/2020