About the Great Plague and the Burning of the Jews

Topics: Black Death, Strasbourg, Pandemic Pages: 3 (974 words) Published: February 10, 2015
The Cremation of Strasbourg Jews on February 14, 1349 - About The Great Plague And The Burning Of The Jews [written a few years after the events] Semi-legal killing
Strasbourg Town
The following account describes the Black Death in general and treats specifically of the destruction of the Jewish community in Strasbourg, France [near the border with Germany]. In this city the authorities, who attempted to save the Jews, were overthrown by a fear-stricken mob led by the butchers' and tanners' guilds and by the nobles who were determined to do away with the Jews who were their economic competitors and to whom they were indebted for loans. [The town-council of Strasbourg which wanted to save the Jews was deposed on the 9th-10th of February, and the new council gave in to the mob, who then arrested the Jews on Friday, the 13th]. Those people of Strasbourg, who had thus far escaped the plague and who thought that by killing off the Jews they would insure themselves against it in the future, were doomed to disappointment, for the pest soon struck the city. _____________________________________________________________________________

In the year 1349 there occurred the greatest epidemic that ever happened. Death went from one end of the earth to the other, on that side and this side of the sea, and it was greater among the Saracens than among the Christians. In some lands everyone died so that no one was left. Ships were also found on the sea laden with wares [filled with goods]; the crew had all died and no one guided the ship. The Bishop of Marseilles and priests and monks and more than half of all the people there died with them. In other kingdoms and cities so many people perished that it would be horrible to describe. The pope at Avignon stopped all sessions of court, locked himself in a room, allowed no one to approach him and had a fire burning before him all the time. And from what this epidemic came, all wise teachers and physicians could only say that it...
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