Histories on the Edge: "Jew Süss: The Notorious Trial and Execution of an Eighteenth Century Court Jew"
Joseph Süss Oppenheimer, also known as ”Jew Süss,” is one of the most iconic figures in the history of anti-Semitism. In 1733, Oppenheimer became the “court Jew” of the duke of the small German state of Württemberg, but when the duke died unexpectedly several years later, local authorities arrested Oppenheimer, put him on trial, and eventually executed him. He is most often remembered today through a vicious Nazi propaganda movie made about him in 1940 at the behest of Joseph Goebbels. This talk will discuss Oppenheimer’s notorious trial, the unusual documents it left behind, and its relevance to us today.
This talk is the eleventh session in the UBC History Department's Colloquium Series 2017 - 2018: Histories on the Edge.
About the Presenter
Dr. Yair Mintzker is Professor of History at Princeton University.