August 20, 1684 This Day in Jewish History / Padua Attacks Its Turk-friendly’ Jews

Mistakenly thinking the Christians had routed the Muslims from Buda, Paduans celebrate by sacking the ghetto - yet all the Jews survived.

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On August 20, 1684, the Jewish population of Padua was spared from complete annihilation. Though angry neighbors stormed through and sacked the Jewish ghetto of this northern Italy city – no lives were lost.