This Day in Jewish History / Boy goes missing in Italy sparking blood libel
Two-year-old Christian boy called Simon goes missing in Trent, leading to torture and execution of eight Jews. Little Simon was later elevated to sainthood.
On March 23, 1475, the Thursday before Easter, a two-year-old boy named Simon went missing from his family’s home in Trent, Italy. On Easter Sunday, his body was found – according to the version that quickly passed through the community, in the basement of the home of a Jewish family.
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