Jewish-christian criminal gangs on the outskirts of Warsaw in the second half of the 18th century in the light of testimonies of the accused of robbery of a manor house of Nobleman Mroczek in 1784

4 XI 2014, 11:00 am

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Among the documents stored in special collections of the JHI Library there is an excerpt from books of Grodzki court in Warsaw bought in 2010. It contains testimonies of Jews, noblemen and townsmen suspected of participation in a robbery of a manor house of nobleman Mroczek in Żebrak near Siedlce during the night of 1st November, 1783. This document gives us insight into social and intellectual diversity of Jewish community in the second half of the 18th century. It shows Warsaw as a city attracting representatives of various social groups, assimilating regardless of religious and ethnic differences, more often working together or co-creating criminal gangs.

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