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

Wednesday, October 25, 2017 - 5:00pm

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 at the behest of Joseph Goebbels.

In this talk, Prof. Yair Mintzker (History, Princeton) will discuss his compelling new account of Oppenheimer's notorious trial, the unusual method he adopted in writing it, and the relevance of the story of “Jew Süss” in modern America.

Location: TBD