Jan. 15, 1747

Edict, issued by Frederick II, King of Prussia [Present-day Germany]: “As We have come to know, with great disdain, that more often than not, stolen goods are readily and cheaply purchased by Jews, who are frequently eager to resell this loot, thus further encouraging the thieves, it has become necessary to put an end to this mischief. If in the future, one Jew or another should dare to buy stolen goods for himself or for resale, the same shall, upon discovery of the act, lose not only his own privileges given by his letter of protection; rather, his whole family, covered under the letter, shall lose their privileges, the letter itself shall be revoked and confiscated, and the contravening Jew shall be removed from the country, along with his family. In addition, the Jewish offender shall be made to pay full restitution to the lawful owner of the stolen goods. Should he be unable to pay these damages, then the officials of the town in which the Jew resides shall compel the other local Jews to pay the value of the stolen items in the offender’s stead.”
Mylius, Christian Otto (ed.). Corporis Constitutionum Marchicarum Continuatio III. Derer in der Chur und Marck Brandenburg, auch incorporirten Landen, ergangenen Edicten, Mandaten, Rescripten &c. von 1745 bis 1747, inclusive. Mit Königl. Preußischen Privilegio (Third Continuation of the Body of Edicts, Mandates, Rescripts etc. Issued in the Electorate and March of Brandenburg, as well as Incorporated Lands, from 1745 through 1747. With Royal-Prussian Privileges). Buchladen des Waysenhauses: Berlin, 1748. Cols. 137ff. Researched by Dominik Jacobs 7/19/2020