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Conference Report: Jews, Christians and Crafts in Premodern Towns, June 2023, Cologne

By Simone Hallstein, Historisches Institut, Universität zu Köln

Historically, research on medieval urban history has been divided into two distinct traditions: Either focusing on Christians or Jews, even if the same medieval sources were used. But in numerous places, Christians and Jews not only coexisted, but they were also in regular close contact and shared their daily life. 

Report from the Workshop on the recently found Mikveh in Chemnitz

(English/Deutsch)

At the beginning of this year, a mikveh was discovered in Chemnitz during archaeological investigations on the edge of the Chemnitz city center. It is a brick structure with a rectangular basin into which two steps lead down. Neither the archaeological context nor the construction method allows concrete conclusions about the age; the mikveh seems to be late medieval or early modern.

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