Damascus
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In 1840, Damascus was the scene of a ritual murder accusation, as a result of which the Jewish community of the city was persecuted, four Jews were tortured to death, and several incarcerated Jews were induced to confess under torture. The case came to be known as the Damascus Affair, the most famous of such accusations …

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Kirchhoff, Markus, “Damascus”, in: Encyclopedia of Jewish History and Culture Online, Original German Language Edition: Enzyklopädie Jüdischer Geschichte und Kultur. Im Auftrag der Sächsischen Akademie der Wissenschaften zu Leipzig herausgegeben von Dan Diner. © J.B. Metzler, Stuttgart/Springer-Verlag GmbH Deutschland 2011–2017.. Consulted online on 25 June 2018 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2468-8894_ejhc_COM_0161>
First published online: 2017
First print edition: 20180401



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