This Day in Jewish History French Jew Executed for 'Ritual Murder' of Christian Child

Raphael Levy might have saved himself if he had agreed to convert during his trial.

On January 17, 1670, a French Jew named Raphael Levy was strangled to death and then burned at the stake, in the town of Metz, after having been convicted of the kidnapping and ritual murder of a 3-year-old Christian child named Didier Le Moyne.