Apr. 15, 1786

“The Attending of School as Requirement to Receive Permission to Marry” decree of the Court Chancellery on behalf of the Kaiser to all county authorities (Länderstellen) with the exception of Galicia [Present-day Austria, Czech Republic]: “His Majesty have decided that those Jew, who are not able to show proof of having attended regular classes (Normalunterricht)*, are not to receive permission to get married. […] since this [law] is now effective everywhere where Jews live, it is to be published in all the county offices and made especially known to Jewish leaders – including in all of the Bohemian and Austrian inherited lands. With this, you the Lower-Austrian government, have been notified that no Jew is to be granted permission to get married in the future, if they are not able to show proof that they attended regular school, and that henceforth, all Jews under the age of 16 are to attend [this kind of] school.” [Researcher’s note: On August 8, 1786, Duke Kollowrat – the actual author of this decree – issues an amendment to the law in which he clarifies that this mandatory schooling is to be from the age of 6-12.]
Braumüller, Wilhelm: Urkunden und Akten zur Geschichte der Juden in Wien. Erste Abteilung. Allgemeiner Teil 1526-1847. Erster Band. (Wien) 1918; p. 577, Researched and Translated by Ziba Shadjaani 4/12/2016