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Title: Popular Art of the Jewish Communities in Alsace at the Time of their Entry into the Modern Period
Author(s): RAPHAEL, Freddy
Journal: Studia Rosenthaliana
Volume: 37    Date: 2004   
Pages: 133-145
DOI: 10.2143/SR.37.0.583405

Abstract :
At the end of the 17th century Intendant de la Grange asserted that few Jews in Alsace were comfortably off and none could be called rich. Although the number of Jews in the region increased over the course of the eighteenth century, from 3,650 individuals to 19,620, the majority remained poor, with the exception of several families of notables from which community officials were recruited. This indigence partially explains the simplicity, not to say the poverty, of the ceremonial objects, both domestic and private, which have survived from eighteenth-century Jewish communities in Alsace.

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