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Oppenheimer, Joseph Süß
Promissory note. (Wechsel.)
Darmstadt, 1733. With Joseph Süß Oppenheimer's holograph notes on both sides and signature on verso. Stamped, signed by De Pretlack on recto. One leaf (ca. 205 × 88 mm). Autograph notes and signature of the Jud Süß, one of the most iconic figures in the history of anti-Semitism (Mintzker, 2017). Promissory note dated in Darmstadt, Hesse on October 27, 1733, for sixty Louis d'or, to be repaid on January 20, 1734. The contract was made between Joseph Süss Oppenheimer and a member of the Hessian noble family "De Pretlack", most likely Johann Rudolf Victor Freiherr von Pretlack (1668-1737), General of the Cavalry and Field Marshal Lieutenant. With Oppenheimer's handwritten notes (partly legible): on the recto the specification of the location in Frankfurt of the repay, and on the verso a signed note, which names Löb Stengler[?], supposedly about the settlement of the loan. The payee of the sixty Louis d'or, a remarkable amount of money, was Joseph Süß Oppenheimer, better known to history as Jud Süß, the name he was given at the age of twenty-five, while serving as a Hoffaktor, the Court Jew in Mannheim, and used for the remainder of his life. Oppenheimer was born around 1698 in Heidelberg, the son of a Jewish merchant and tax collector. He succeeded in emancipating himself from Jewish life as a young man, as it was common at the time in German lands (Mann, 2008). Not much is known about his life before entering the service of Karl Alexander, but it is presumed that already at a young age he was employed by the large Jewish commercial houses in Frankfurt am Main, Amsterdam, Prag … [Click Below for Full Description]
Bookseller: Földvári Books [Budapest, Hungary]
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