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Debate in the Parliament of the Duchy of Nassau on a Motion for the Complete Emancipation of the Jews in the Duchy (1846)

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Mr. Deputy Siebert: I do not believe that my imagination is capable of presenting Jewry as an ideal, and I also cannot vote for an unconditional emancipation, although I am for emancipating those Jews who are ripe for it according to the suggestions of local officials, and I therefore wish that the motion might be brought to a discussion.

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Source: Verhandlungen der Landesdeputiertenversammlung des Herzogtums Nassau [Proceedings of the Parliament of the Duchy of Nassau] (1846), pp. 506-22, 553-60 – excerpt.

Original German text reprinted in Anton Doll, Hans-Josef Schmidt, and Manfred Wilmanns, eds., Der Weg zur Gleichberechtigung der Juden, Dokumentation zur Geschichte der jüdischen Bevölkerung in Rheinland-Pfalz und im Saarland von 1800 bis 1945 [The Path to Equality for the Jews, Documentation on the History of the Jewish Population in Rhineland-Palatinate and Saarland from 1800 to 1945], vol. 2, Koblenz 1979, Veröffentlichung der Landesarchivverwaltung Rheinland-Pfalz [Publications of the Administration of the State Archives of Rhineland-Palatinate]13, pp. 209-13, 215-17, 221-22, 224-25.

Translation: Jeremiah Riemer

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