May 30, 1542

“Taxation for Assistance with the Turks” issued Prince-Bishop Francis (‘Franz’) von Waldeck [Prince-Bishopric of Münster; Present-day Germany]: “[…] Each Jewish person (‘joddenpersoin’), may they be young or old, shall […] give one Gulden, and the rich Jews are to come to the aid of the poor in regards to this tax. Those [Jews] who have assets exceeding 100 Gulden shall owe one gulden per year […] given/signed in Bad Iburg (‘Iborch’), Tuesday during the holy Pentacost (‘dinstages in den hiligen Pinxteren* anno domini) […]” [Researcher’s note: A similar order was re-issued on September 5, 1544. *Pinxteren appears to refer to the Christian holy-day of the Pentecost.]
Westfalia Judaica III. Quellen und Regesten zur Geschichte der Juden in der Stadt Münster 1530-1650/1662. Herausgegeben von Diethard Aschoff. Institutum Judaicum Delitzschianum der Westfälischen Wilhelms-Universität Münster. Band 3.1. (Jewish Westfalia III. Sources and Regests Regarding the History of Jews in the City of Münster 1530-1650/1662. Edited by Diethard Aschoff. Institutum Judaicum Delitzschianum at the Wilhelms-Universität Münster, Westphalia.); Münster; 2000; Researched and Translated by Ziba Shadjaani 10/25/2018 ADD PAGE #