Show all records
Click image for high resolution zoom or multiple image views.

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.

Reproductions and Permissions

We welcome fair use of this content. Please credit the Leo Baeck Institute in your citation. For usage policies and to request higher resolution images, see Reproductions and Permissions.


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