This Day in Jewish History 1839: Persian Jews Given Choice: Convert or Die

Thousands of Mashhad Jews did convert to Islam, in appearance at least, after nearly 40 were murdered by their neighbors; most simply took their Judaism underground.

March 19, 1839, is the date that the Jews of Mashhad, Persia, were given the choice of converting to Islam or dying, in an event that came to be known as...