This Day In Jewish History / In Germany, the start of a wave of massacres
Jews in south central Germany suffered a twist on the blood-libel charge: desecration of the host.
On April 20, 1298, the Jews of Roettingen (today in northern Bavaria) suffered the first of a series of massacres that spread through the region. Over the coming months, what came to be called the Rintfleisch massacres were perpetrated against the Jewish communities of 146 towns in Bavaria and Austria. They were the first significant anti-Semitic persecutions to take place in Europe since...
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