The University of Delaware Department of History
"The Criminal Case Against "Jew Suss": An Exercise in Second-Order Observation”
Mintzker’s first book, The Defortification of the German City, 1689-1866 (2012), tells the story of the metamorphosis of eighteenth- and nineteenth-century German cities from walled to defortified places. By using a wealth of original sources, the book discusses one of the most significant moments in the emergence of the modern city: the dramatic—and often traumatic—demolition of the city’s centuries-old physical boundaries and the creation of the open city. Mintzker has also just completed a book manuscript on the trial and execution of Joseph Suss Oppenheimer (a.k.a. "Jew Suss"). The book is tentatively titled: "The Many Deaths of Jew Suss."
First and second year History graduate students are required to attend so plan to make the History Workshop a regular part of your Tuesday activities.