This Day in Jewish History / Pogrom in York wipes out Jewish community
Four prominent citizens of the English town exploited the anti-Jewish atmosphere to have their debts to Jews erased.
On March 16, 1190, the Jewish residents of York, England, numbering some 150, were murdered or took their own lives after rioters besieged them in the keep of York Castle. This was but one of a series of pogroms – although the most notorious – against the Jews in a number of English communities that year.
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