Monday, August 01, 2022

Remembering Constantine's Cologne decree of 321

COMMEMORATION: 1,700 years of Jewish life in Germany: Taking stock. Festivities marking centuries-long Jewish-German history are concluding this week. A roundup of what's been achieved. (Deutsche Welle, Tapatrisha Das, Hindustan Times).
Festivities marking centuries-long Jewish-German heritage are concluding this week. Organizers are taking account of all that’s been achieved and are thinking to the future.

The first documented presence of Jews north of the Alps dates back to 321 CE, when the Roman emperor Constantine issued a decree allowing Jews to be members of Cologne's town council. The documents are stored in the archives of the Vatican today.


For much more on Constantine's Cologne decree of 321, see here.

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