2374 - The Blood Libel and Anti-Semitic Show Trials
After a historical survey of the origin and extent of the "Blood Libel," and its impact on Jews and society since medieval times, the course will focus on so-called Anti-Semitic "Show Trials." The following are the principal events (among many others from the first century AD to the present) to be analyzed: William of Norwich (1144); Hugh of Lincoln (England, 1255); Simon of Trent(ino) (Italy1475); The Beilis Trial (Ukraine,1911); Leo Frank (USA 1913). The blood libel as used by radical and terrorist groups to this day in Europe, the Middle East, and the U.S. is also considered. Lecture (plus Questions) Facilitated Discussion
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