Kikes mark 500 years in Venice

On 29 March 1516, the Venetian Republic created the first ghetto on a small island in the north-western sestiere of Cannaregio. The residents were removed and replaced within a week by Jews already in Venice. This was a period in which the city sought to keep a watchful eye on all foreigners: the French, English and Spanish embassies were also relegated to Cannaregio. There had been a metal foundry (ghèto) in the parish, which has traditionally been the source of the name, although the etymology is far from clear. The French writer Alice Becker-Ho in her book Le premier ghetto ou l’exemplarité vénitienne presents a number of valid alternatives: gouda-(h), separation and ghetta, herd.

Jews within Venice therefore found a secure place to live despite the restrictions imposed on them, and were soon joined by others fleeing persecution in central Europe. They built two synagogues in the ghetto: the Schola Grande Tedesca and the Schola Canton. The pragmatic Venetian Republic later exploited the economic advantages of allowing Levantine Jews to settle there – charging the residents for rent, water, the cost of the compulsory nightwatchman and all services.


2 thoughts on “Kikes mark 500 years in Venice

  1. Reblogged this on behindertvertriebentessarzblog and commented:
    Schaut auf Krakau und vor 1920 gegen die Russen und heute noch Skandal der Polen! Und unsere Wehmacht hatte denen weitgehend freies Leben im Reich geschaffen, als Deutsche mit polnischer Nationalität und dann auch als nachbarn eines durch Bismarck erlaubten Staatsgründen!

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