Document Type

Article

Publication Date

Spring 2006

Journal or Book Title

AJS Review

Volume

30

Issue

1

Abstract

The article investigates the mysterious history of three Jewish brothers who began a Jewish press in Cracow in 1534 and who converted to Catholicism in 1537 but continued to print Jewish books after their conversion. Their fate has fascinated scholars, since one of the brothers published a New Testament in Hebrew letter transcription, and proselytized among Jews, another continued to print both Jewish and non-Jewish books, while still another became a business man. One of the brothers returned to Judaism and printed Hebrew books in Constantinople. But scholars have been unable to match their pre- and post- conversion names, and have thus made mistaken assumptions about the brother's identity. The authors have examined unknown archival documents and all extant books or their fragments the Helicz brothers published both before and after their conversion. They were able to reconstruct their life stories and discover the fate of each brother.

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Available through JSTOR: http://www.jstor.org/stable/4131637

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