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Today in Jewish History - October 9 / Tishrei 26

1334 October 9, CASIMIR III THE GREAT (1310-1370) (Poland)

Casmir III
Courtesy of Hengelo, The Netherlands
Re-affirmed the policies of Boleslav regarding protection of the Jews. This document was instrumental in encouraging Jews to begin to flee Germany and move East. In general Casimir protected Jewish interests. Later a myth developed, claiming that it was due to influence of a beautiful Jewish mistress, Esterka of Opoczno. (See 1356)

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