Oct. 2, 1562

“Writ” of Emperor Ferdinand I [Present-day Czech Republic, Germany, Poland; Kingdom of Bohemia/Holy Roman Empire]: “Emperor Ferdinand graciously grants the already expelled Jews, [a few of whom] are however still [permitted to be] present in the land as per a letter of protection/escort (‘Geleitbrief’)* to participate** in the coronation of king Maximilian and extends their letter of protection/escort (‘Geleitbrief’)* starting from the day of this writ until the following Saint George’s Day and so that they can collect (‘issue reminders’) upon their debts.” [Researcher’s note: The above is a translation of a summary of the original Czech text both of which can be found in the cited source. The original was drafted and signed in Prague Castle.*A ‘Geleitbrief’ was a letter that allowed the holder to move freely in the territory in which it was issued. ** ‘To participate’ in the coronation of the next king usually meant contributing financially.]
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 7/14/2019