3: Excerpt on economics from "The Memoirs of Glückel of Hameln," Trans. Marvin Lowenthal.
In this excerpt, Glückel describes the importance of travel and fairs to her husband’s business and the toll that travel takes on his health. She also demonstrates her own importance as a partner in her husband’s business affairs.
Suggested Activity: Have students discuss the following questions: Why was traveling for business so common for Jews in the early modern period? What does this excerpt imply about the dangers of anti-Semitic legislation? How would you describe the relationship between Glückel and her husband based on this excerpt?
Source: The Memoirs of Glückel of Hameln. Translated with introduction and notes by Marvin Lowenthal. New York: 1932. Reprinted with new introduction by Robert S. Rosen, New York: 1960, 1977, p. 66