Edward Berenson- The Accusation.
On Saturday, September 22, 1928, Barbara Griffith, age 4, strayed into the woods surrounding the upstate village of Massena, New York. Hundreds of people looked everywhere for the child but could not find her. Several hours into the search, someone suggested that Barbara had been kidnapped and killed by Jews. The mayor and local police believed the rumor, and suddenly the allegation of ritual murder, known to Jews as "blood libel" took hold. Rational people in government and Jewish leaders had to intervene to restore calm once Barbara was found safe and sound.
Edward Berenson will explore what happened to enable this anti-semitic campaign to take hold in this normally quiet town.
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