Priest Saves Jews from Possible Pogrom

Jews of the town of Ermighalifalva, Roumanian Slovakia, are giving credit to a priest for having averted what threatened to be a pogrom.

For some time, anti-Semitic agitators have been circulating among the gullible peasants the old ritual blood myths. Jews were also charged with the use of Christian blood to plaster the walls of the synagogue structure now being put up. By constant repetition the stories received credence among the peasants and, apprehending a possible outbreak against the Jews as a result, the Catholic priest summoned the peasants and explained that the charges were entirely mythical. The address of the priest served to dispel the illusions of the peasants, and the anti Jewish feeling seems to be subsiding.

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