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

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

Helmut Walser Smith


One of the main dramatic explorations of a German city within the grip of anti-Semitic ardour ever written.

In 1900, in a small Prussian city, a tender boy used to be chanced on murdered, his physique dismembered, the blood tired from his limbs. The Christians of the city speedy rose up in violent riots to accuse the Jews of formality murder―the notorious blood-libel cost that has haunted Jews for hundreds of years. In an soaking up narrative, Helmut Walser Smith reconstructs the homicide and the consequent typhoon of anti-Semitism that engulfed this differently peaceable city. supplying an instructive exam of hatred, bigotry, and mass hysteria, The Butcher's Tale is a latest parable that might be a vintage for future years. Winner of the Fraenkel Award. A Los Angeles Times top ebook of 2002. four pages of illustrations

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