May 4, 1542

“Decision” issued by the members of the various estates and the King [Ferdinand I] [Present-day Czech Republic etc.; Kingdom of Bohemia]: “During an assembly of the various estates (‘Landtag’) in Prague which took place in the presence of the king, the territorial estates (‘Stände’)* decided to insist on continuing with the earlier decision, [which said] that no member of [the realm of] the territorial estates (‘Stände’)* may accept or tolerate a Jew in the Kingdom of Bohemia. Should a Jew be found to be present anywhere [there] nevertheless, he shall be given the death penalty. Excluded from this are those Jews who received an extension to their toleration-permit from the king until Saint George’s Day. These (Jews) shall be noted and made public, so that they can collect any outstanding debt and pay off their own. They are also obliged to present a list of all of their claims to the court-master (‘Obersthofmeister’) by Saint John’s Eve.” [Researcher’s note: “Landstände (singular Landstand) were the various territorial estates or diets in the Holy Roman Empire in the Middle Ages and the modern early period” (Wikipedia). The above is a translation of the German summary of the Czech text.]
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 6/16/2019