Jews and Citizens

Schechter Ronald

in Obstinate Hebrews

Published by University of California Press

Published in print April 2003 | ISBN: 9780520235571
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780520929357 | DOI:
Jews and Citizens

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The question of the Jews' citizenship was inappropriate to the specific complaint of Lacretelles's clients, who simply wanted recognition of their right to open shops in a particular city. Lacretelle noted from the outset that French nationality was not a precondition for buying and utilizing new licenses. He affirmed that he sustained this, and they could honor themselves with the title of a Frenchmen of regnicoles, of the French crown. This had more of a moral than a legal meaning with regard to the appellation of Frenchman. It connoted more than the status of royal subject. Lacretelle therefore found himself confronted with the thorny question of Jews' morality and its relationship to citizenship. He protected the Jews as a group by claiming that their morals were pure and religious. He added that they help each other when any of them are suffering and punish each other when any of them does wrong.

Keywords: Lacretelles; Frenchmen; regnicoles; morality; citizenship

Chapter.  18349 words. 

Subjects: Modern History (1700 to 1945)

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