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Speaker: Paola Tartakoff

Dr. Paola Tartakoff’s extensive research explores the roots of Judeophobia. Her talk at Mount Holyoke will provide important historical analysis for understanding how antisemitism has evolved over time. Dr. Tartakoff is author of the book, Conversion, Circumcision, and Ritual Murder in Medieval Europe, which explores the “Norwich Circumcision Case” from multiple perspectives.

In England in 1234, Jews were accused of having abducted and circumcised a five-year-old Christian boy. As a result of this charge, Jews were executed, and Jewish homes were looted and torched. Christian accounts of this case have accused Jews of attempting to convert the boy or to crucify the boy to mock the crucifixion of Jesus.

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