This Day In Jewish History 1738: Convert to Judaism and His Converter Burned to Death in Russia

Anti-Jewish laws had been laxly enforced, but the empress herself passed the harsh sentence, lest others be 'seduced.'

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On July 15, 1738, in the royal Russian capital of St. Petersburg, two Jews, Alexander Voznitzin and Barukh Leibov, were burned at the stake, a rare punishment at the time.