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The Many Deaths of Jew Süss:
The Notorious Trial and Execution of an Eighteenth-Century Court Jew
Yair Mintzker

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"[The] documents are interpreted with consummate skill. . . . What is clear from Mintzker’s inspired readings is that Oppenheimer became a cipher for much larger issues that had little to do with his actions. . . . He is right to hope that his 'polyphonic' challenge to mainstream historiography will be successful."--Bryan Cheyette, Times Higher Education

"Genre-bending. . . . This book not only sheds new light on one of the most disputed characters of Jewish history, but also raises questions fundamental to historical interpretation in the 21st century."--Michael Brenner, Moment Magazine


"I couldn't put this book down. Revisiting a notorious case of anti-Semitism, Mintzker excavates a mountain of contradictory evidence with penetrating intelligence, great erudition, and rich human sympathy. This is a resonant and profoundly original book."--Keith Michael Baker, Stanford University

"This is a highly intelligent, scintillating, and fascinating book that will stimulate a great deal of debate. The story of ‘Jew Süss' is a wonderful subject and Mintzker is the historian to tell it. He has a fine imaginative ability to recreate a whole world."--Lyndal Roper, author of Martin Luther: Renegade and Prophet

"The Many Deaths of Jew Süss presents a very engaging and innovative approach to a vexing episode and the mountain of materials it produced, none of which provide for a straightforward account of the events. Mintzker sheds new light on a fascinating story."--Elisheva Carlebach, author of Palaces of Time: Jewish Calendar and Culture in Early Modern Europe

"A bold and novel approach to what stands as probably the most important anti-Semitic trial of the whole eighteenth century."--H. C. Erik Midelfort, author of Exorcism and Enlightenment: Johann Joseph Gassner and the Demons of Eighteenth-Century Germany

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