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Center for Jewish Studies Presents

Blood Libel: On the Trail of an Antisemitic Myth

4/23/20, 7:30 PM

About this event

In 2014 the Anti-Defamation League appealed to Facebook to take down a page titled “Jewish Ritual Murder.” In 2018, the shooter at a synagogue near San Diego, referred to Simon of Trent, a child whose death in 1475 led to one of the most notorious anti-Jewish trials, to justify his desire to kill. While charges that Jews poisoned wells and desecrated the communion host waned over the years, the blood libel survived. Following the paper trail across Europe, from England to Italy to Poland, from the twelfth to the twentieth century, Magda Teter shows how the blood libel became rooted in European imagination.

Magda Teter is Professor of History and Shvidler Chair in Judaic Studies at Fordham University. The author of Sinners on Trial: Jews and Sacrilege after the Reformation (Harvard) and Jews and Heretics in Catholic Poland (Cambridge), she has received fellowships from the John Simon Guggenheim and Harry Frank Guggenheim foundations, Harvard, and was Mellon Foundation Fellow at the Cullman Center, New York Public Library.

Cosponsors: Center for Austrian Studies, Center for Medieval Studies, Department of History, Jewish Community Relations Council
Event Location
  • Beth El Synagogue
  • 5225 Barry St W
  • Saint Louis Park MN
  • USA