May 6, 1543

Decree issued by John Frederick I, Electoral Prince of Saxony [present-day Germany]: “Whereas, in the thirty-sixth year [of this century], we had issued a mandate that no Jew, along with his kin, shall be suffered and tolerated in our lands and principalities, [and] that they shall not be granted any trade license in or pass through our lands, we nevertheless, upon a multitude of requests and pleadings, often from the Jewdom itself, used our mandate and, by way of several missives, allowed them a measure of admittance, notwithstanding our right to reserve cancelation of said privileges at any time. Now that we have attained credible information that the Jews not merely used their permission to pass through our lands, but abused it by way of overnight stays, trading and practicing medicine […[, we feel compelled to revoke all passes and furthermore renew our previous mandate, that no Jew nor Jewess shall reside in our lands, nor trade, wander, weave or pass through, but instead stay away from our country entirely.”
Burckhardt, D. Die Judenverfolgungen im Kurfürstentum Sachsen von 1536 an (The Persecution of the Jews in the Principality of Saxony). In: Theologische Studien und Kritiken: Beitr. zur Theologie u. Religionswissenschaft (Theological Studies and Critiques: Contributions to Theology and Religious Sciences). University of Tübingen Press: Leipzig, 1828, Pp. 593-598. Researched by Dominik Jacobs 9/12/2019