9780393325058

Butcher's Tale : Murder and Anti-Semitism in a German Town

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  • ISBN13:

    9780393325058

  • ISBN10:

    0393325059

  • Edition: 00
  • Format: Trade Paper
  • Copyright: 11/17/2003
  • Publisher: W W NORTON

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Summary

In 1900, in a small Prussian town, a young boy was found murdered, his body dismembered, the blood drained from his limbs. The Christians of the town quickly rose up in violent riots to accuse the Jews of ritual murder'”the infamous blood-libel charge that has haunted Jews for centuries. In an absorbing narrative, Helmut Walser Smith reconstructs the murder and the ensuing storm of anti-Semitism that engulfed this otherwise peaceful town. Offering an instructive examination of hatred, bigotry, and mass hysteria, The Butcher's Tale is a modern parable that will be a classic for years to come. Winner of the Fraenkel Award. A Los Angeles Times Best Book of 2002.

Author Biography

Helmut Walser Smith is currently an associate professor of history at Vanderbilt University.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgmentsp. 11
Prologuep. 17
Murder and Retributionp. 25
The Butcher's Tale and Other Storiesp. 55
Historyp. 91
Accusationsp. 135
Performing Ritual Murderp. 165
The Killerp. 187
Epiloguep. 209
Notesp. 217
Bibliographyp. 253
Indexp. 261
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