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THE CASE OF THE POLISH COMMONWEALTH by GERSHON HUNDERT The investigation of the history of the Jews in the Polish Commonwealth requires not only research on specific topics but broader reflection as well. ' On the broadest level, this essay is an initial step in the direction of the development of a conceptual framework for the study of this subject. The particular concern will be to compare some aspects of the experience of the Jews with that of some of the other non-Polish nonautochthonous groups in Poland from around 1500 to the beginning of the eighteenth century.

And see also the notices of the activities of Jews from Cracow in Frankfurt during the latter half of the sixteenth century. Here again they seem to have had frequent dealings with non-Jewish merchants. Franz Lerner, "Die Reichsstadt Frankfurt und ihre Messen im Verh'iltnis zu Ost- und Sudosteuropa im Zeitraum von 1480 bis 1630," Der Aussenhandel Ostmitteleuropas1450-1650, ed. Ingomar Bog (K61oln,1971), pp. 162, 170, 174, 175. 3) Jews from PolandLithuania attending the Leipzig fairs must have had extensive dealings with the hundreds of German Jews who attended those fairs.

29 Polish Jews also traded with non-Jewish merchants in other German trading centers. 30Around 1630 the Cracow Jewish merchant, Samuel Poss, negotiated a contract with a Nuremberg merchant, Henry Helt, according to which the Jew would 26. Cracow, Archiwum Panistwowe Miasta Krakowa i Wojew6dztwa Krakowskiego Acta Palatinalia ludaica Cracoviensia: Ksirgi sCdu wojewodziniskiegoiydowskiego krakowskiego, Varia 11, pp. 13-14; Varia 12, pp. 1006-8, 1010-12. ) Teufel also dealt with Jews from Opat6w, Checiny, Bilgoraj and Lw6w.

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