In the beginning, the Sephardic Jews were granted special privileges until the state realised the beneficial work potential available among non-Sephardic Jews. From 1651, residence in Denmark required a letter of safe-conduct, which contained a specific work permit.
In 1726 additional conditions were required such as a capital of at least 1,000 Danish Rigsdaler or the obligation under guarantee to erect a number of buildings or a factory for the manufacture of "various woollen products". However, Jewish immigrants in the town of Fredericia were not bound by these economic conditions, as it was felt it might be detrimental to the desired immigration and development of the town.
Jewish immigrants in Denmark were subject to severe restrictions. Admittedly, Jews were allowed to practice their religion, preferably as discreetly as possible, in order not to offend the general public. Christian theologians attempted regularly to convert Jews to the Christian faith by seeking them out and commanding them to attend services. Economic incentives were also used as a lure to conversion. Some Jews did convert either due to conviction or to improve their possibilities in society.
We, Frederik VI hereby proclaim that we are graciously pleased to permit Abraham Levi, Jew from our city of Altona, permission to reside in Copenhagen and earn his living producing chocolate and selling tea, coffee and snuff on the condition that he does not engage in trade at the expense of others.
Copenhagen March 8th 1715
As from the named date if any Jew is found to have Christian servants in their employment, they shall be, whatever their standing, expelled from the city and country and their Christian servants face punishment.
Issued at Frederiksberg Castle January 6th 1725
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- an exhibition about Jews in Denmark
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