Audio Lectures

The Reaction to the Black ​Death

Posted November 11, 2014

The Black Death killed between 30%-60% of European population the middle of the fourteenth century. For the Jews, however, it was a "double plague". The Jews were killed together with everyone else and they were murdered by Christians who blamed them for the outbreak of the plague in Europe. This lecture will explore if and how the plague was memorialized by European Jewry through an analysis of relevant ritual and historical material.
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