Sept. 12, 1541

“Writ” of King Ferdinand I addressed to the Bohemian Chamber [Present-day Austria; Habsburg Monarchy]: “King Ferdinand gives the royal emissary whom he sent to the assembly of the members of the estates in Prague Castle the instructions to negotiate with the estates in his royal realm […]*, that if these aforementioned estates in the realm decide to expel all Jews from the Kingdom of Bohemia who do not agree to be baptized to determine a deadline within which they (Jews) can bring all of their affairs in order and collect any outstanding debt in order to leave with all of their possessions, their wives and children from the Kingdom of Bohemia and all other lands.” [Researcher’s note: The document was signed in Linz. The above is a translation of a German summary of the original Czech text both of which can be found in the cited source. *This order was issued by the king in response to the many complaints he received against the Jews who were said to be serving as spies for the Turks.]
Zur Geschichte der Juden in Böhmen, Mähren und Schlesien von 906 bis 1620. Herausgegeben von Gottlieb Bondy, em. Präsidenten der Handels- und Gewerbekammer in Prag. Zur Herausgabe vorbereitet und ergänzt von Franz Dworsky,em. Director des Landesarchivs des Königreiches Böhmens. I. 906 bis 1576. (Prag; 1906); (Regarding the history of Jews in Bohemia, Moravia, and Silesia from 906 to 1620. Published by Gottlieb Bondy, fo[rmer] President of the Trade and Commerce and Industry in Prague. Prepared for publication and supplemented by Franz Dworsky, fo[rmer] Director of the National Archives of the Kingdom of Bohemia. I. 906 to 1576.); (Prague; 1906); Researched and Translated by Ziba Shadjaani 6/15/2019