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The Many Deaths of Jew Süss: The Notorious Trial and Execution of an Eighteenth-Century Court Jew

Yair Mintzker


Joseph Süss Oppenheimer—“Jew Süss”—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 Württemberg. When Carl Alexander died unexpectedly, the Württemberg 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 ... More

Keywords: Joseph Süss Oppenheimer, anti-Semitism, Nazi propaganda, court Jew, execution, Jewish life, modernity, Jew Süss, Carl Alexander, Württember

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2017 Print ISBN-13: 9780691172323
Published to Princeton Scholarship Online: May 2018 DOI:10.23943/princeton/9780691172323.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Yair Mintzker, author
Princeton University