Mar. 13, 1560

“Writ” of Emperor Ferdinand addressed to his son, Archduke Ferdinand [Kingdom of Bohemia/Habsburg Monarchy/Holy Roman Empire; Present-day Austria, Czech Republic, etc.]: “Emperor Ferdinand writes to his son Ferdinand, that he has extended the stay of those Jews who still remaining in the lands of the Bohemian crown for one more year due to King Maximilian’s and his wife’s intercession and that of Archduke Charles […] provided that Ferdinand demands/collects their books […] and has these examined by experts for any blasphemy against the Christian faith and corrected (if necessary). Furthermore, Ferdinand is to order Jews at the threat of the loss of their lives and made public in the synagogues, that anyone (Jew) who wishes to attend a Christian sermon is to do so unhindered and that if a Jew wishes to convert to the [Christian] religion, should remain free and safe of persecution.” [Researcher’s note: The above is a translation of a German summary of the original Czech text both of which can be found in the cited source. The document was drafted and signed in Vienna.]
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 7/3/2019