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Today in Jewish History - June 23 / Sivan 24

1858 June 23, MORTARA CASE (Bologna, Italy)

Pope Pious IX
Edgardo Mortara, a seven year old Jewish boy, was kidnapped by the Roman Catholic Church on the pretext that a servant girl claimed that she had baptized him. The Pope, Pious IX, refused to surrender him despite much protest. The combination of the Damascus Affair and this affair led to the unification of many Jews, and later to the establishment of the Alliance Israelite Universelle.


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