The Venetian Ghetto The liberation of the Jewish people
The ghetto institutionThe ﬁrst ghetto was instituted in the year of 1516 on March 29th to keep the Jewish people away "om, the rest ofthe population.The Ghettos were guarded by soldiers in order to prevent, the Jewish people "om intermingling with the generalpopulations, for some it kept "om being beaten up by non-Jews. For the most part it was a burden which hurtJewish way of life.The Ghettos kept Jews into certain societal roles such as money lenders or traders which did not a%ow them toprogress into society, these roles continued.
Napoleon and the JewsUnder Napoleon Jews were ﬁna%y able toreceive equal rights in France.The Jewish people were gathered to bringtheir notable citizens, to adopt a moreSecular lifestyle to join the world.The wave of democracy throughoutEurope convinced people to begin a%owingJews to live amongst their peers.Napoleon conquests eventua%y reach Italy,reaching the city of Venice in 1797.
Liberation of the GhettoThe liberation of the Ghetto for the Jewish people was a life save. The felt joy ofﬁna%y believing they were worth something in society instead of the punching bag.The people who celebrated came "om a% diﬀerent parts of society "om clergy of theChristians to the common man.It wasn’t until July 1797 that the Jewish citizens of the Ghetto were able toexperience what is like to be looked upon as fe%ow citizens of a country before.
Pier Gian Maria de FerrariHe is an obscure character which there is little to no history, at least translated intoEnglish, of his life.What we can gather "om his account in the destruction of the Ghetto wa%s is that heseems to not be anti-semitic. He is seems to believe in Democracy and believes it appliesto people regardless of religion or race.His account opens the door to the mind of the leaders of military who were put incharge of taking down the wa%s of oppression, seeing how they viewed the liberationand liberalization of society.
First hand accountThe ﬁrst hand account of Pier Gian Maria De Ferrari,and how he felt about the Liberation of the Jewishghetto.
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