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Apr 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.

The First Ghetto On Earth Was In Venice
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A Hebrew manuscript from the 15th century, with parts blacked out and censored by the Roman Catholic Church, is seen in the Jewish Library of the Venice ghetto, northern Italy, March 22, 2016. ALESSANDRO BIANCHI/REUTERS

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