The Accusation by Edward Berenson audiobook

The Accusation: Blood Libel in an American Town

By Edward Berenson
Read by Paul Boehmer

Highbridge Audio 9780393249422

Unabridged

Format : Library CD (In Stock)
  • ISBN: 9781665122474

  • ISBN: 9781665122450

  • ISBN: 9781665122467

Runtime: 7.41 Hours
Category: Nonfiction/History
Audience: Adult
Language: English

Summary

Summary

A New York Times Book Review Editor’s Choice

On Saturday, September 22, 1928, Barbara Griffiths, aged four, strayed into the woods surrounding the upstate village of Massena, New York. Hundreds of people looked everywhere for the child but could not find her. At one point, someone suggested that Barbara had been kidnapped and killed by Jews, and as the search continued, policemen and townspeople alike gave credence to the quickly-spreading rumors. The allegation of ritual murder, known to Jews as "blood libel," took hold.

To believe in the accusation seems bizarre at first glance—blood libel was essentially unknown in the United States. But a great many of Massena's inhabitants, both Christians and Jews, had emigrated recently from Central and Eastern Europe, where it was all too common. Historian Edward Berenson, himself a native of Massena, sheds light on the cross-cultural forces that ignited America's only known instance of blood libel, and traces its roots in old-world prejudice, homegrown antisemitism, and the resurgence of the Ku Klux Klan in the 1920s. Residues of all three have persisted until the present day.

More than just the disturbing story of one town's embrace of an insidious anti-Jewish myth, The Accusation is a shocking and perceptive exploration of American and European responses to antisemitism.

Editorial Reviews

Editorial Reviews

“Reminds us that what seems inconceivable is nonetheless possible.” New York Times Book Review
“A fascinating case of scapegoating.” Jewish Exponent
“Berenson offers a concise history of the origins of the blood libel in Europe, as well as its modern recurrences.” Foreword

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Author

Author Bio: Edward Berenson

Author Bio: Edward Berenson

Edward Berenson is a professor of history at New York University. He is the author of several works of nonfiction, including Heroes of Empire, Europe in the Modern World, The Trial of Madame Caillaux, and The Statue of Liberty: A Transatlantic Story.

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Details

Details

Available Formats : CD, Library CD, MP3 CD
Category: Nonfiction/History
Runtime: 7.41
Audience: Adult
Language: English