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Today in Jewish History - August 8 / Av 11

1670 August 8, VIENNA (Austria)

Leopold I
Courtesy of St Leopold Church, Vienna
Leopold I, after evicting the Jews, sold the Jewish quarter for 100,000 florins, which was then renamed Leopoldstadt in his honor. The synagogue and the bet midrash (talmudic study hall) were turned into St. Margaret's Church.A tablet was placed into the foundation stating that it was now a temple dedicated to God, and not “a murderers pit”.


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