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Moses Benjamin Wulff—Court Jew

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The role of Court Jews varied between regions and, within regions, between courts. Although the phenomena of Court Jews are most often associated with Germany, we find their counterparts in Poland, Russia, Sweden, and even in the service of the monarchs in the Iberian peninsula. Attention is generally directed towards a small number of prominent Court Jews, although others, in lesser principalities, often had positions of considerable influence. Moses Benjamin Wulff (1661-1729), achieved such prominence, and may be numbered among the more significant Court Jews, although he seldom receives the same consideration as his contemporaries. Wulff's close personal relationship with Prince Leopold allowed him to play a significant role in Dessau, where his position was more akin to that of the Jewish factors who administered lands in Poland and Italy than that of the Court Jews of Venice and Berlin.

Keywords: Court Jews; Dessau; Moses Benjamin Wulff; Prince Leopold



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