This Day in Jewish History / Cologne Jews massacred
After Jews were blamed for causing the Black Death pandemic that wiped out most of Europe, the local population slaughtered the local community.
On August 24, 1349, the Jewish quarter of Cologne, Germany, was attacked by an angry crowd, and most of its residents killed. Their property was then plundered and divvied up between the ransackers, the city government and the Church.
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