This Primary Source is an excerpt from "The Cremation of Strasbourg Jewry, St. Valentine's Day, February 14, 1349—About the Great Plague and the Burning of the Jews" This document talks about how the Jews were blamed for the spread of the plague by putting poisons into water and wells. Because of this it was decided that all Jews would be burned to death and none would be allowed to enter specific cities for 200 years. Our primary source gives us an idea of what people thought started the plague. Many people blamed the Jews saying that they had killed christ and that they poisoned the water and the wells with the plague. The Black Plague allowed a new wave of Anti-Semitism to spread through Europe.
The Black Death started during the Middle Ages in the 14th Century and killed about 150 million people in Central Asia. The epidemic originated from fleas and rats. The symptoms started out as egg shaped swellings in groin and armpit and ended up as dark blotches and swellings on the body. The people believed that the plague came from dead bodies and the victim’s clothing. According to the rulers of Pistoia, any old imported cloth was to be burned and corpses were not permitted to enter within the city (Doc 2).
This was the hell that was run by the evil Germans, six millions of Jews sacrificed in it. Night, a terrifying account of the Nazi death camp written by Elie Wiesel, explores the inhumanity among people, the place family plays in terrible circumstances and the place hope plays in the Holocaust. Through Night, Elie Wiesel paints a depressing picture about the loss of humanity. The Germans were going to defeat, but Hitler made the promise that he will annihilate all the Jews before the clock strikes twelve. The German government and German society attempted to redefine Jews as sub-human, and then as creatures who deserved to die.
In the memoir Night, the narrator Elie Wiesel recounts a moment when he questioned God, ¨Blessed be God’s name? Why, but why would I bless him? Every fiber in me rebelled, he caused thousands of children to burn his Mass graves?¨(Wiesel 68). Overall, Wiesel does not follow the words of God and is not believing in him anymore because he thinks God is the one thatś letting all the inhumanity occur. One theme in Night is that inhumanity can cause disbelief or incredulity.
A choice group called the Flagellants believed that God was punishing humanity for their sins, and began to march from city to city, men and women “flogging themselves with whips to win the forgiveness of God” (page 286). In the end, however, their crazed antics caused their demise by the hands of public authorities in 1350. The morbid thoughts of the European community in this dark time is forever immortalized in tombstone carvings of grotesque figures, rotting corpses, and
Prejudice and hate for the Jewish people also developed notably during the time of the Bubonic plague. A common belief amongst many Christians was that the plague was punishment from God. To atone for their sins, religious cults such as the flagellants, who aimed to appease God and stop the plague, developed. The Flagellants would march through
As people in the 1400’s continued to run from this disease and at this time in history most Christians persecuted Jews in Europe because they needed to blame someone for causing the outrage. Some other Jews were blamed them for bad luck and even bad weather. Other people thought it was a punishment from God. The Jews were even forbidden to work in government and were shunned from the towns and others were killed. This forced them to live on the outskirts of town in places called ghettos.
Can you imagine being stripped of all your faith? In the memoir, Night, by Elie Wiesel, Elie and all the Jews faced many spiritual crises that tested their faith in God, humanity and himself. Elie had lost all faith because of the way they were treated by the Nazis. The Nazis punished the Jews for practicing their religion. Any sort of faith the Jews had were lost after the way the Nazis treated them and the terrifying events they faced.
The Holocaust was a persecution and eventual mass murder of Jews during the Nazi regime in the World War II. An estimate of six million Jews were killed, all because of their religion and beliefs. The Nazi thought they were the superior race, and Jews were “inferior” as well as a danger to the ‘perfect’ German community. Gradually, the German government was filled with people who believed that Jews needed to be purged. They began to pass laws that specifically targeted Jews, such as making all Jews wear a big yellow star to identify themselves, as well as forbidding Jews from riding bikes.
The crusades failed in their chief goal : the conquest of the Holy land. They also left a bitter legacy of religious hatred behind them. In the middle east, both Christians and Muslims committed appalling atrocities in the name of religion. This is important because that means that there were negative impact on the crusades. This is important because the results of that are negative, this is because muslims and Christian never agreed on the