TEKA (Tecanus; Techanus), moneylender of diplomatic standing in Vienna at the beginning of the 13th century. In the peace treaty between Duke Leopold VI of Austria and King Andrew II of Hungary of 1225, Teka appears as the sole guarantor (fideiussor) of Leopold VI for the sum of 2,000 marks. In 1232 he is mentioned as "comes camerae" (royal fiscal agent) and possessor of a manor in Hungary. In 1235 real estate which had been donated to a monastery was designated as collateral in a loan he negotiated in conjunction with some Viennese burghers. At the time Teka had a house in Vienna.
J.E. Scherer, Rechtsverhaeltnisse der Juden in den deutsch-oesterreichischen Laendern, 1 (1901), 126–7; MHJ, 1 (1903), index S.V. Tekanus; H. Gold (ed.), Gedenkbuch der untergegangenen Judengemeinden des Burgenlandes (1970), 7–9.
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