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Schuh, Amschel

Amschel Schuh was a member of the Schuh family, a wealthy and respected Frankfurt Jewish family. He lived in the 17th century and was a prominent businessman. However, his business practices were questionable. Around 1660 he was accused of usury and fraud, obviously not without reason, and he had to submit to extensive investigation. His lack of personal credibility also became clear during the DrachKann disputes around 1670, in which he was a partisan of Isaak Kann and prepared to slander his opponent Abraham Drach.
He was penalized for his dubious business dealings under Jewish law. He was excluded from the synagogue, and was also banned from certain religious ceremonies. Finally there was even discussion of forbidding him the honour of burial in the Jewish cemetery.


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