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seller: "compasskeeper" Item #305195896 THE MENDELSSOHN FAMILY 1729 - 1847 From Letters and Journals By Sebastian Hensel Hardcover book, Harper & Brothers, 1881, Volume I, Second Revised Edition, with eight portraits from drawings by Wilhelm Hensel, Translated by Carl Klingemann, with a notice by George Grove, Esq.,
A facinating work on the decendents of Moses Mendelssohn. Should be of great interest to historians of the Jews in Europe. This is from the first page of the chapter on Moses Mendelssohn:
"In the middle of the last century [1700s] the Jews in Germany were in a most oppressed condition; although no longer tortured and pillaged they were subjected by the law of the State to every possible restriction; nearly every career was made inaccessible to them; in many towns residence was absolutely forbidden them, in others only a certain number were permitted to dwell...in one town they were not allowed to live at the corner of a street, in another only a certain number of marriages were permitted...under Frederic William I the Jews of Berlin were obliged to buy the wild boars killed at the royal hunting parties, under Frederic the Great every Jew had to purchase, on the occasion of his marriage, a certain amount of china from the newly established royal china factory in Berlin, and that ...the choice of the manager of the factory, who made use of the opportunity to get rid of things otherwise unsalable. Thus Moses Mendelssohn, a man even then generally known and honoured, became possessed of twenty life-sized china apes, some of which are still preserved to the family..."
Contains information related to the family about Germany, Poland, Prussia, music, education, the theatre, literature, politics, religion, society and much more.