IMC 2015: Sessions

Session 1121: Disruption and Renewal in Late Medieval Jewry

Wednesday 8 July 2015, 11.15-12.45

Sponsor:Forschungszentrum Europa (FZE), Universität Trier
Organisers:Lukas Clemens, Mittelalterliche Geschichte, Universität Trier
Christoph Cluse, Arye Maimon-Institut für Geschichte der Juden, Universität Trier
Moderator/Chair:Christoph Cluse, Arye Maimon-Institut für Geschichte der Juden, Universität Trier
Paper 1121-aIn the Wake of the Black Death: Jews in Germany Negotiating for Readmission
(Language: English)
Michael Schlachter, Sonderforschungsbereich 1157 'Resilience', Universität Trier
Index terms: Hebrew and Jewish Studies, Law
Paper 1121-bBetween Continuity and Renewal: The Jewish Community of Nuremberg around 1400
(Language: English)
Andreas Weber, Arye Maimon-Institut für Geschichte der Juden, Universität Trier
Index terms: Hebrew and Jewish Studies, Local History
Paper 1121-c'Fuerunt vero et pseudoprophetae in populo […]': The University of Vienna and the Fight against Jews, Hussites, and Other Heretics
(Language: English)
Iris Palenik, Institut für die Jüdische Geschichte Österreichs, St Pölten
Index terms: Hebrew and Jewish Studies, Sermons and Preaching
Abstract

The session deals with the disasters that disrupted the lives of Jewish communities in later medieval Ashkenaz – persecutions (such as those during the Plague years or, later, the Hussite Wars), expropriation (as in Germany under King Wenceslas between 1385 and 1393), and expulsion. In various ways, these events are linked to the theme of ‘reform’: On the one hand, ideas of ecclesiastical and political reform may have contributed to the hardening stance vis-à-vis the Jews, on the other, the Jews had to ‘pick up the pieces’, sometimes in new ways.