Aug. 31, 1712

Ordinance, issued by Anthon Ulrich, Duke of Braunschweig and Lüneburg [Present-day Germany]: “1. After eight days following the publication of this edict, no beggar-Jew shall be found in Our lands any longer. 2. Our border agents and magistrates are to refuse entry to all beggar-Jews, and warn them of mandatory corporal punishment, should they enter these lands. 3. Those who surreptitiously still sneak in, shall not be lodged by anyone, and innkeepers shall denounce them to their town official, as well as enlist other townspeople and ensure that the Jew is brought to court. No prosecution shall occur against those who use brute force against such Jews in order to secure them for justice. Should the town and court officials not be able to obtain sufficient information from such a Jewish prisoner, they may use torture to ascertain where the Jew entered the country and where he has stayed thus far, so that the Jew-enablers, too, may be prosecuted and fined.”
“Verordnung den Eintritt fremder Betteljuden betreffend [Ordinance regarding the admission of foreign beggar-Jews],” 8/31/1712; Decrees Collection; AR 379; Box 1; Folder 49; Leo Baeck Institute. Researched by Dominik Jacobs 12/2/2019