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Court Jews

Court Jews. Prominent Jews used by European rulers to administer estates and develop credit systems. The institution of the Court Jew emerged gradually in the 16th and 17th cents. Well-known examples include Joseph Bassevi of Prague, Samuel Oppenheimer of Vienna, and Leffmann Behrends of Hanover. Influential and assimilated, they played a prominent part in the development of the banking system of Europe.

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