This Day in Jewish History 1723: The First Jewish Citizen of Prussia Is Born

But despite personal success and freedoms accorded to Daniel Itzig for helping King Frederick the Great, within two generations none of his descendants were Jewish.

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March 18, 1723, is the birthdate of Daniel Itzig, the richest, best-connected and most honored Prussian Jew of his time. As court Jew and banker to both King Frederick II (“the Great”) and his son Frederick...