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On July 14, 1555, Pope Paul IV issued an order "Cum Nimis Absurdum" that stripped Jews of all their rights and, among other things, ordered their homes to be confined to ghettos and required Jews to wear a yellow badge. Initially, this applied only in the Papal States, but Popes Pius IV and Pius V, Paul's successors, expanded this policy and the Ghetto system spread to most of the Catholic countries of Europe. Poland was the major exception. Why? The English translation of the first words gives a strong hint at the reasoning: "Since it is absurd and utterly inconvenient that the Jews, who through their own fault were condemned by God to eternal slavery ... "

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