The Massacre of the Jews of Mainz

Lead: Frustrated in their inability to get to Palestine, many crusaders turned against the Jews.

Intro.: "A Moment in Time" with Dan Roberts.

Content: Anti-semitism is not a particularly modern phenomenon. During the Medieval Period most of the major towns of Europe had small communities of Jews. Despite occasional hostility from the Christian population, they managed to survive, but during the run up to the First Crusade in the eleventh century, bands of crusaders in their fanatical enthusiasm began to massacre the Jewish inhabitants of central Europe. Thousands were killed, when they refused to convert to Christianity.

 

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