Blood Libel - The First Formal Prosecution in Europe – Tiszaeszlár Blood Libel.
Blood Libel - The First Formal Prosecution in Europe – Tiszaeszlár Blood Libel.
Blood Libel - The First Formal Prosecution in Europe

Blood Libel - The First Formal Prosecution in Europe – Tiszaeszlár Blood Libel.

November 26, 1882 to September 4, 1883.

24 hand written letters and 29 telegrams with expression of gratitude during and after the Tiszaeszlár Affair from individuals and Jewish communities to Károly Eötvös (1842–1916, liberal politician, jurist, journalist and writer) the defense advocate of the Jews.

The letters were sent from Germany (7), Austria (6), Poland (3), Bohemia (2), Hungary (4) and two from unknow places. 21 letters in German, 3 in Hungarian. 9 telegrams in German and 20 (1 double-page) in Hungarian.

Dates of the letters are between November 26, 1882 to September 4, 1883. Vast majority between August 3–10, 1883 right after the verdict of acquittal of the accused.

The Tiszaelszlár Blood Libel was an accusation of Jewish ritual murder in village Tiszaeszlár, Hungary. On April 1, 1882 a 14 years old Christian girl named Eszter Solymosi disappeared. The rumor started to spread in the village that the Jews killed her in order to use her blood for the approaching Passover. This accusation led to the arrest, imprisonment and the six-week trial (June 19, 1883 – August 3, 1883) of 13 Jewish defendants. The course of the trial – which is considered the first formal prosecution in Europe for blood libel – was carried out in an atmosphere made tense by antisemitic propaganda and agitation. The trial was closed with the seven hour plea of Károly Eötvös, the counsel of defense, and resulted with the verdict of deliverance of the accused.

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Price: €4,500.00