The Polish Dream
1516Ghetto of Venice established, the first Jewish ghetto in Europe. Many others follow.( Isn't that the truth)1534King Sigismund I of Poland abolishes the law that required Jews to wear special clothes.(Why am I not surprised)1648Jewish population of Poland reached 450,000 or 4.5% whole population. Bohemia 40,000 and Moravia 25,000. Worldwide population of Jewry is estmated at 750,000.1648–1655The Ukrainian Cossack Bohdan Chmielnicki leads a massacre of Polish gentry and Jewry that leaves an estimated 65,000 Jews dead and a similar number of gentry. The total decrease in the number of Jews is estmated at 100,000. Polish Dream didn't sound so hot.