Frederick the Great

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Frederick the Great.

Frederick the Great (24 January 1712 - 17 August 1786), also known as Frederick II, was King of Prussia (1740 - 1786), an enlightened absolute monarch and reformer, and a brilliant military campaigner who, in a series of diplomatic stratagems and wars against Austria and other powers, greatly enlarged Prussia’s territories and made Prussia one of the European great powers.

Admired by German nationalists and in National Socialist Germany, he has consequently been attacked after WWII. Regarding his Jewish policies, see the "External links" section.


We have too many Jews in the towns. They are needed on the Polish border because in these areas Hebrews alone perform trade. As soon as you get away from the frontier, the Jews become a disadvantage, they form cliques, they deal in contraband and get up to all manner of rascally tricks which are detrimental to Christian burghers and merchants. I have never persecuted anyone from this or any other sect; I think, however, it would be prudent to pay attention, so that their numbers do not increase.[1]

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  1. MacDonogh, Giles (2001). Frederick the Great: A Life in Deed and Letters. New York: St. Martin's Griffin. ISBN 0-312-27266-9.