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Author Mintzker, Yair,
Title Many deaths of Jew S̐Μưuss : the notorius trial and execution of an eighteenth-century court Jew / Yair Mintzker
Imprint Princeton, NJ : Princeton University Press, 2017

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Subject Judicial error -- Germany -- W̐Μưurttemberg -- 18th century
Criminal justice, Administration of -- Germany -- W̐Μưurttemberg -- 18th century
Antisemitism -- Germany -- W̐Μưurttemberg
W̐Μưurttemberg (Germany) -- Biography
Alt Name Ohio Library and Information Network
Description 1 online resource
Access Available to OhioLINK libraries
Contents Cover; Title; Copyright; Dedication; Contents; Acknowledgments; Note to Readers; Introduction; First Conversation; 1. The Inquisitor; Part 1: Vita Ante Acta; Part 2: Species Facti; Second Conversation; 2. A Convert's Tale; Third Conversation; 3. Joseph and His Brothers; Fourth Conversation; 4. In the Land of the Dead; Afterword; List of Illustrations; List of Abbreviations; Notes; Index
Bibliography Note Includes bibliographical references (pages 289-322) and index
Summary Joseph S̐Μưuss Oppenheimer -"Jew S̐Μưuss"--Is one of the most iconic figures in the history of anti-Semitism. In 1733, Oppenheimer became the "court Jew" of Carl Alexander, the duke of the small German state of Wurttemberg. When Carl Alexander died unexpectedly, the Wurttemberg authorities arrested Oppenheimer, put him on trial, and condemned him to death for unspecified "misdeeds." On February 4, 1738, Oppenheimer was hanged in front of a large crowd just outside Stuttgart. He is most often remembered today through several works of fiction, chief among them a vicious Nazi propaganda movie made in 1940 at the behest of Joseph Goebbels. The Many Deaths of Jew Suss is a compelling new account of Oppenheimer's notorious trial. Drawing on a wealth of rare archival evidence, Yair Mintzker investigates conflicting versions of Oppenheimer's life and death as told by four contemporaries: the leading inquisitor in the criminal investigation, the most important eyewitness to Oppenheimer's final days, a fellow court Jew who was permitted to visit Oppenheimer on the eve of his execution, and one of Oppenheimer's earliest biographers. What emerges is a lurid tale of greed, sex, violence, and disgrace - but are these narrators to be trusted? Meticulously reconstructing the social world in which they lived, and taking nothing they say at face value, Mintzker conjures an unforgettable picture of "Jew S̐Μưuss" in his final days that is at once moving, disturbing, and profound
Note Online resource; title from PDF title page (EBSCO, viewed June 1, 2017)
ISBN 1400887801 (electronic bk.)
9781400887804 (electronic bk.)
OCLC # 983477068
Additional Format Print version: 9780691172323 0691172323 (OCoLC)972086913