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“In Hamburg a high german jew was murdered”: The representation of foreign jews in the Dinstagishe Un Fraytagishe Kuranten (Amsterdam, 1686–1687)

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The Dinstagishe un Fraytagishe Kuranten, the world's oldest Yiddish newspaper, was published in Amsterdam, first by Uri Faybesh (or Phoebus) Halevi, and, from June 6, 1687, by David de Castro Tartas. The paper was written in Yiddish and was meant for a Jewish audience, but the contents are not specifically Jewish. Nevertheless, the surviving copies contain several reports about Jews-foreign Jews, that is, because local Jewish news is virtually absent in the Kuranten. This chapter discusses these reports, and compares them with the reports about Jews in the main Dutch newspapers, the Amsterdamse Courant and the Oprechte Haarlemse Courant. It presents other sources that mention the events described in the Kuranten. The overall impression of the news-coverage concerning Jews in the Kuranten is that it follows the Dutch newspapers-which appear to be reliable, if detached, sources.

Keywords: Amsterdam; Dinstagishe un Fraytagishe Kuranten; Dutch newspapers; Jewish news; Yiddish newspaper



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