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Biographical/Historical Information

The banker and Court Jew Joseph Süß Oppenheimer was born in Heidelberg in ca. 1698, the son of a Jewish tax collector. By the 1720s Oppenheimer was Court Jew in Mannheim, Darmstadt, Frankfurt am Main, and Stuttgart, where he was appointed chief financial adviser to the Duke of Württemberg, Karl Alexander of Württemberg in 1733. As soon as Karl Alexander died in 1737, Oppenheimer was arrested and accused of various unproven crimes. Jew Joseph Süß Oppenheimer was sentenced to death and executed on February 4, 1738.

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Unknown Artist: Süss Oppenheimer, Leo Baeck Institute, 78.413.