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The Detroit Jewish News, 1982-08-20

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THE DETROIT JEWISH NEWS

Strasbourg

An Infamous History for Jews

sited recently, has a chec-
kered history as far as the
The Alsation city of Jewish people are con-
Strasbourg, which I revi- cerned. Legend has it that,

By ALLAN M. BLUSTEIN

Chaplain, Sinai Hospital

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after the destruction of the
Temple in 70 CE, some of
the survivors escaped to
Europe and settled in the
south of France and along
the banks of the Rhine
River, where, among other
accomplishments, they
founded the city of Stras-
bourg.
These Jews and their de-
scendants continued to live
in Strasbourg in relative
peace during the reign of
Charlemagne and his suc-
cessors until the days of the
Crusades. Tragically, in
1095, goaded on by the
preaching of Peter the
Hermit, the zealous
Crusaders burned 1,500
Jews alive in the city, while
later, in 1156, similar acts
of barbarity were repeated.
Persecution continued
sporadically until the
period of the Black Death,
when, in 1349, some 16,000
Strasbourgers succumed to
the plague. The calumny
soon spread that the Jews
had poisoned the wells, and
that they had removed the
buckets from their own cis-
terns so as to escape imbib-
ing the "tainted" water.
After much false ac-
cusation, widespread
torture of Jews in an ef-
fort to obtain "confes-
sions" and other anti-
Semitic atrocities, the
mob of Strasbourg be ,
came so enraged that on
Feb. 14, 1349 — the Feast
of St. Valentine — they
barricaded the "Juden-
gasse" and drove the
Jews into the city cemet-
ery where a huge pyre
had bee ignited.
The ensuing mass immo-
lation saw no less than
2,000 Jewish men, women
and children lose their lilies
to the flames.
Not content with this act
of infamy, the town council
of Strasbourg issued a de-
cree banning Jews from
admission into the city — a
prohibition which remained
in effect until the 16th Cen-
tury.
It was probably during
the era of the Black Death
that the legend of the
"Grusselhorn" originated.
After the slaughter of the
Jews, the looting_ mob de-
spoiled the synagogue and
discovered there among the

ritual objects a ram's horn
(shofar). Totally ignorant of
the shofar's use during the
High Holy Days, the mob
imagined that the Jews
were going to blow it in
order to betray Strasbourg
to her enemies by alerting
them to the opportune mo-
ment for an attack.
Always eager for any
opportunity to slander
the Jews, the town coun-
cil ordered two large rep-
licas of the shofar to be
encased in bronze to
commemorate the city's
"deliverance" from the
hands of the Jews. One of
these replicas was blown
every day at 8 p.m. in the
cathedral: this was the
"Judenblos" which
warned all Jews in the vi-
cinity to leave as quickly
as possible.
The second shofar was
sounded at midnight in
order to remind the Stras-
bourgers of the alleged
traitorous act in 1349.
Despite all the decrees,
Jews continued to live in
Strasbourg until modern
times. Today, even though
it suffered the same fate as
other Jewish communities
of Europe during the
Holocaust, the Jewish con-
tingent of Strasbourg has
revitalized itself and pre-
sently stands as the ,third
largest center of French
Jewry, an energetic and
sensitive bastion of
Judaism in Europe.

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