31 March, 2015

On History, Religion, and Anti-Semitism: The Legacy of Gavin Langmuir

Posted by Socrates in 'anti-Semitism', 'blood libel', history, History for newbies, Jewish history, jewish ritual murder, Socrates at 6:14 pm | Permanent Link


“Toaff made the mistake of approaching the topic (i.e., Jewish ritual murder) with a greater than usual amount of objectivity, and discovered that small sects of ultra-orthodox Jews did use blood during Passover rituals, and believed in the magical properties of children’s blood in particular. He also made the incendiary claim that confessions wrought from Jews suspected of killing the three-year old Simon of Trent in 1475 contained information that even the authorities were unaware of until further investigation, thus proving their guilt.”


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