Just before the year 1300 in Venlo a mikwe is built – a ritual Jewish bath. This proves Jews were living in the community of Venlo. In these times in Europe Jews are mostly seen as persona non grata. Giving hospitality to Jews Venlo shows to be a tolerant city. But there is also a need for money and Jews are well known specialists in banking. The count of Gelre wants to develop Venlo as a centre of business and therefore he needs their commercial spirit.