The sentence of seven Jewish community leaders in Lida
Translated by Jan Sekta
[this very old article is in Polish mixed with Latin & was very difficult to
15.05.1709 There has come before us, the main judges of Court of Justice
in Great Lithuanian Duchy the matter of Thomas Iowc against the Jews: Izaak
Jakubowicz, Icek Jakubowicz [this is probably the same person, as Izaak and
Icek are the same name] Mojsze Jakubowicz, Jacob Jonasowicz, Azikier Icek
Kuszelewicz, Rubin Iesenowicz, and Chaim Jowzielewicz, to decide. They are
officials of the Jewish community , synagogues and Jewish schools. They were
summoned to court because they violated municipal decree (judgment of municipal
court) of 6.04.1701, which sentenced them onto fine of 2100 Polish zlotys. When
Franciszek Mosiewicz, acting as warrant officer and judicial official (Polish:
podstarosci) went to offices to seize goods of valued in the sum of 2100
zlotys, these Jews refused to acknowledge the terms of the previous judgment.
Therefore they came again into legal problems and were summoned to court as
defendants again. No deadline extensions on account of absence were granted.
Therefore after a renewed investigation into the matter payment of the
previously decreed sum of 2100 zlotys, the sum was judged to be payable by the
Moreover there is due a fine of about 300 zlotys and an additional 10
zlotys for recording this case in the official record. The sum has to be raised
from houses, breweries, trade commodities and funds as well as from the Jewish
school in Lida. All of the above been mentioned objects it has been possible to
seal have been sealed and the Jews in question caught and arrested. We order
the above mentioned judgment to be published everywhere. Thus we recognize
these Jews guilty and we uphold the above been mentioned judgments.
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