2021 marked the 1,700th anniversary of an edict issued by Roman Emperor Constantine on Dec. 11, 321 that granted Jews offices in the municipal administration of Cologne for the first time. This edict is the earliest written evidence of a Jewish community in what is today Germany. The Leo Baeck Institute, a New York-based library and archive focused on the history of German-speaking Jews, founded in 1955 by leading German-Jewish émigré intellectuals including Martin Buber and Hannah Arendt, created a special exhibit to commemorate this milestone.
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