Swiss French Anti-Semitism

Illustration of the Strasbourg pogrom of 1349, by Émile Schweitzer

14 February 1349 – 25 Adar I 5109

As plague raged through Europe and Jews were widely accused of poisoning the city wells, representatives of Strasbourg, Freiburg and Basle gathered in Alsace to decide how to deal with the Jews living among them. When the council members from Strasbourg tried to protect their Jewish
population, they were dismissed and replaced by a new council. A riot ensued in which two thousand Jews were dragged to the cemetery and half of them burned to death. The remaining thousand only survived by accepting Christianity, including small children who were forcibly torn from their parents and baptized.