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Black Death and the Jews 1348-1349 CE


This single Web page from the Internet Jewish History Sourcebook edited by Paul Halsall of Fordham University, provides electronic versions of texts relating to Jews at the time of the outbreak of the Black Death. At the time of outbreak there were rumours that it had been started by Jews. Amadeus VI, Count of Savoy ordered the torture of Jews and forced confessions from them; this led to widespread violence against Jews across Switzerland and Germany. There are three texts from the period: one is a translation of a confession extracted under torture in October 1348 by a Jew called Agimet, the second a description of the Black Death and the destruction of the Jewish community in Strasbourg in 1349 and the third an epitaph of a Jew who died of the Plague in 1349 in Toledo.

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