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Samson Wertheimer (1658-1724) / Wedding ring

Court Jew and scholar, Samson Wertheimer took residence in Vienna in 1684 as business associate of Samuel Oppenheimer. Creditor and financial adviser of the imperial family, he was awarded the title "Oberhoffacktor" (privileged position at the court) in 1703. Through his influence at the court he succeeded in preventing the antisemitic work "Entdecktes Judentum" (Jewry Exposed) by J. A. Eisenmenger from being sold. He was regarded as a rabbinical scholar and promoted the printing of Hebrew works. In 1693 he was appointed honorary rabbi by the community of Eisenstadt and Hungarian rabbi by the emperor.

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