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MagazineApr 6, 2016
Between 1516 and 1797 a gate in the doorway was closed overnight, shutting residents into the ghetto. The Jews of the world's first ghetto, marking its 500th anniversary, advise patience and integration to Europe as it struggles with the challenge of mass migration. In March 1516 the leader of the Venetian Republic and his senate decreed to confine the city's Jews on an island. Venice gave the world the word "ghetto", with its infamous connotations through the centuries.
A depiction of the tables of the law in the Levantine synagogue is pictured in the Venice ghetto, the oldest in the world, which is making its 500the anniversary ALESSANDRO BIANCHI/REUTERS