This Day in Jewish History 1171: The Town of Blois Kills Its Jews

The murders in 1171 were the first case of blood libel in continental Europe — though no crime had been reported, let alone associated with the Jews.

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On May 26, 1171, the Jewish community of Blois, France, was massacred after it was accused of the ritual murder of a Christian child. The first known example of a blood libel in continental Europe, it came...