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Quarantine in the Prague Ghetto: Jews, Christians, and Epidemic Disease in an Early Modern City
Joshua Teplitsky (Stony Brook University) in conversation with John Efron (UC Berkeley). In 1713 plague ravaged the city of Prague. It struck Christians and Jews alike, but contemporary observers singled out the Jewish quarter of the city as a hotspot of contagion, and authorities acted to segregate and separate the Jews of the city from Christians. Jews actively crafted responses both to plague and policy, marshalling health resources, funds, and a deep cultural reservoir shaped by past traditions and in confrontation with new circumstances. This lecture explores those responses both with an eye to local contexts and through comparison with Jews' situations in other places in early modern Europe.

Nov 4, 2021 04:00 PM in Pacific Time (US and Canada)

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