A century after the blood-libel trial of Mendel Beilis, his grandson says we should remember the real man behind the headlines — and his lessons for Jewish history.
Factory worker Mendel Beilis was cleared after a Ukraine trial blood libel murder trial a century ago. In 1938, pogroms spread across Germany and Austria.
A century ago, Mendel Beilis, a Ukrainian clerk, was tried for murder in one of the most shocking examples of blood libel. What does the infamous case tell us about anti-Semitism today?
1144: 12-year-old William of Norwich, England, found dead. A priest accuses local Jews, but king’s sheriff dismisses charges, leading to uprising, canonization of William by local bishop. At coronation of King Richard II, 1189, mob turns on Jews; massacres follow in London, York.