Venice Marks 500th Anniversary of World’s First Ghetto
The Republic of Venice separated out not only Jews, but also Germans, Dutch, Persians and Turks. Either way, Jewish culture there thrived.
The world’s first ghetto wasn’t set up in Warsaw or Lodz. It was established in 1516 in the rich and cosmopolitan Republic of Venice, during the reign of Dodge Leonardo Loredan.
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