This Day in Jewish History 1506: With the Land Groaning in Crisis, the Jews of Lisbon Are Massacred

As disease and drought racked Portugal, murders of New Christians who denied a Catholic’s vision of Jesus spread to the Jews.

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On April 19, 1506, the Lisbon Massacre began. Over a few days, an estimated 1,000 to 4,000 converted Jews were slaughtered in the city’s streets, while the civil authorities seemed powerless to stop the...