This Day in Jewish History / Hundreds of Jews Choose Baptism Over Exile From French Town

Those unwilling to convert to Christianity apparently left the southern town for Marseille, on the Mediterranean coast.

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On May 18, 576, more than 500 Jews in the city of Clermont, France, requested to be baptized. The request was a response to an ultimatum given to the town’s Jews by Avitus, the bishop of Clermont: either...