Jun. 15, 1543

“Writ/Royal Pardon” issued by King Ferdinand [Present-day Czech Republic; Kingdom of Bohemia]: “King Ferdinand returns honor to/pardons the City of ��atec/Zatec (‘Saaz’) for the violent riots against the Jews. [Singed in the] Prague Castle […]” [Researcher’s note: The above is a translation of a German summary of the Czech text both of which can be founded in the cited source. According to Dr. Seifert in his book Geschichte der Stadt Saaz (“History of the City of ��atec/Zatec (‘Saaz’)“), a general unrest and intolerance against the Jews had been festering for many years, before finally, a small mob of citizens, craftsmen, and journeymen entered the homes of the Jews on November 13, 1541, and killed a number of Jews and caused a lot of damage. The king sent a royal judge to preside over this case and ultimately two of the worst offenders were beheaded. However, with this writ, the king pardons the city and everyone else who was involved in the pogrom.]
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 6/17/2019