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Sunday, March 6 • 4:00pm - 4:50pm
The Hilsner Blood Libel of 1899 - Still Not Resolved

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The murder of Anezka Hruzova in Bohemia in 1899 is the only case in history in which a Jew (Leopold Hilsner) was found guilty of “Jewish ritual murder”. This Kafkaesque trial is the reason why “Jewish ritual murder” is accepted as a fact in the antisemitic and Arab press. How did this bizarre case unravel? Why did prominent Jews support Dreyfus but not Hilsner? Why is the verdict not yet overturned?

Charles Heller is the grandson of Siegfried Heller, who was Hilsner’s guardian. He has visited Czech Republic many times and is familiar with modern research in this case, most of which is not available in English.

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Charles Heller

Graduate of Cambridge University, and B.Ed U of T.Recently retired music teacher, Peel Board of Education. Retired Choir Director , Beth Emeth Synagogue.Member of editorial board, Journal of Synagogue Music (Cantors Assembly, NY). Author of award-winning book “What To Listen For... Read More →

Sunday March 6, 2016 4:00pm - 4:50pm EST