ca. 1431

“Privilege” issued by Emperor Sigismund, 1431 [Present-day Germany] [Provisional]: “We, Sigismund, Roman King […] grant our dear and loyal mayor (‘Burgermeister’) and [city] council of Heidingsfeld (‘Haidingsfeld’)* and Mainbernheim (‘Bernheim’) for their great service which they have bestowed upon us in the past and will do so in the future [… permission] to accept and settle Jews and Jewess – our chamber servants – and that they shall use and benefit from them (‘gebrauchen und geniessen’) like those other imperial cities who have and use and benefit from such Jews and Jewesses […]. And we order therefore, all princes, clergymen, secular [judges], lords, noble knights, servants, […], in all communities, cities, markets, villages and all other places, […] that they do not hinder the aforementioned mayor (‘Burgermeister’) and city council of the city of Heidingsfeld (‘Heydingsfeld’)* and their successors to take advantage of our gracious permission, but rather allow them to use and enjoy them (Jews) if they want to avoid our deep displeasure and that of the empire. […]” [Researcher’s note: Heidingsfeld – a city in Germany – seems to have been spelled two different ways in the original text (‘Haidingsfeld/Heydingsfeld.’]
Die Juden in Franken.  Ein unpartheiischer Beitrag zur Sitten- und Rechtsgeschichte Frankens von Dr. Ludwig Heffner, praktischer Arzt zu Würzburg, Konservater des historischen Vereins daselbst. Mit 29 Urkunden-Beilagen (Nürnberg; 1855); (Jews in Frankonia. An Non-Partisan Contribution Regarding the Moral and Legal History of Franconia by Dr. med. Ludwig Heffner, practical physician to Würzburg, Conservator of the Historical Association there (of the same city). With 29 [Official] Documents Attached.); (Nuremberg; 1855); Researched and Translated by Ziba Shadjaani 3/7/2018