Unclear Stone Inscription from Erfurt-Is it Yiddish?

by Maria Stürzebecher

(English/Deutsch)

Due to extreme heat, probably due to a fire during the pogrom on 21.3.1349 in Erfurt, this inscription on a sandstone was severely damaged and is therefore difficult to read. First suggestions for the reading point to a Yiddish inscription like קלטיר קלר (Kalter Keller = cold cellar or Kelter Keller = wine press cellar).

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Neue Inschrift aus Erfurt

by Maria Stürzebecher

Durch einen Brand, wohl während des Pogroms am 21.3.1349 in Erfurt, wurde diese Inschrift auf einem Sandstein stark beschädigt und ist daher nur noch schwer lesbar. Erste Vorschläge zur Lesung deuten auf eine jiddische Inschrift wie קלטיר קלר (Kalter Keller oder Kelter Keller)

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Cite this blog post
Hannah Teddy Schachter (2021, August 11). Unclear Stone Inscription from Erfurt-Is it Yiddish? medievalJewishStudiesNow! Retrieved March 3, 2024, from https://doi.org/10.58079/rhde

About Hannah Teddy Schachter

I am a PhD candidate in the Department of Jewish History at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem and a Doctoral Fellow of the Israel Science Foundation-funded research group "Contending with Crises: Jews in Fourteenth-Century Europe" led by Prof. Elisheva Baumgarten. While my doctoral research explores the relationships between Jews and royal women--specifically queens--in 13th-century France, my other research projects consider Jewish-Christian encounters in medieval processions, dance and song, as well as costume in France and the German Kingdom during the Middle Ages.

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