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June 22, 2017

Why are the Jews always persecuted and when did it start?

Filed under: Germany, Holocaust, Uncategorized — furtherglory @ 11:44 am

The Jews have been persecuted, in every country in the world, from the beginning of time and they will continue to be persecuted until the end of time.  But why are the Jews persecuted? What’s not to like?

Let’s go to Rothenburg, one of the oldest German cities:

The first Jewish quarter in Rothenburg was located in the heart of the city in what is now the Kapellenplatz (Chapel Square). The first synagogue was located on the Kapellenplatz in a spot that is now a parking place.

In 1286, the Holy Roman Emperor Rudolph I took away the political freedom of the Jews in all the German states, and imposed special taxes on them. Rabbi Meir Ben Baruch attempted to lead a group of Jews to Palestine but he was arrested and held as a prisoner in a fortress in Alsace, which was a German state at that time.

The story is that he was arrested because his attempted exodus from the Holy Roman Empire would have deprived the Emperor of income from the special taxes. He refused to be freed for ransom for fear that this would lead to the kidnapping of other rabbis for ransom. He died in prison on May 2, 1293. In 1307, a ransom was paid for his body so that he could be buried in Worms, the city where he was born around 1215.

In 1298, the Jews were driven out of Rothenburg by the Christians; on the 700th anniversary of this pogrom in 1998, a Memorial to the murdered Jews of Rothenburg was placed in the Castle garden.

In 1390, the first Synagogue in Rothenburg was converted into a Catholic Church called the Marienkapelle (Chapel of St. Mary) when the Jews were banished from the city. It was torn down in 1804. The second synagogue in Rothenburg was located on the Shrannen Platz where there is now a parking lot.