A nineteenth-century manuscript containing two documents referring to the Karaims of Troki

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Anna Sulimowicz

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This article presents the content of two handwritten documents. The first dates from 1813 and concerns the power of attorney granted by the Troki community to Joachim Łabanos, the son of the last voyt (shofet) of the Troki Karaim so that the latter may represent the community before the courts and the authorities. It may be regarded as an attempt to restore to a certain extent the position of the voyt who after the partition of Poland had been deprived of those prerogatives granted to him by the Grand Dukes of Lithuania and the Kings of Poland. However, three years later the power of attorney was revoked and the blank pages of this document were reused to draw up a lawsuit filed by Łabanos against Judith and Joseph Firkowicz, Abraham Kobiecki and Joseph Kobiecki. Łabanos demanded compensation for expenditure he had incurred on preparations for his son Elias’ aborted marriage to Abraham Kobiecki’s daughter, Judith who instead of marrying the young Łabanos had run away with Joseph Firkowicz. These documents shed some light on the position of the Łabanos family after it lost its leading role in the Troki Karaim community.

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SULIMOWICZ, Anna. A nineteenth-century manuscript containing two documents referring to the Karaims of Troki. Almanach Karaimski, [S.l.], v. 5, p. 189–205, dec. 2016. ISSN 2353-5466. Available at: <http://karaimi.home.pl/_czasopisma/index.php/almanach/article/view/238>. Date accessed: 25 sep. 2017.
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