MOSES MENDELSSOHN STIFTUNG

1680s

Berend Lehmann (1661 – 1730), a native of the Hochstift Essen, came to Halberstadt through marriage in the 1680s. From here, he built up a network for his work for the courts of Brandenburg-Prussia, Hanover, Brunswick and Saxony. The connection to the Saxon Elector Friedrich August, i.e. Augustus the Strong, was the most important one for him. As Jewish people were banned from settling in Saxony, the ruler of Brandenburg-Prussia granted him a letter of protection, allowing him to set up a legal existence in Halberstadt. His activities also helped the Halberstadt Jewish community to flourish.

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