For complete translation, revised, corrected and updated, with abandonment of copyright, 2016
(identical mirrors)


ESSAYS Ariel Toaff’s Disturbing Revelations:
The “Human Sacrifice” Myth Is Not Just an Anti-Semitic Lie


“Blood Passover”

Jewish Fundamentalism in the Darkness of the Middle Ages

(book review in Il Corriere della Sera -
translated by C.W. Porter



(with suggestion of certain minor corrections to be made to "The Bloody Passovers of Dr. Toaff" by Israel Shamir)
See "Update", below

- C.P., March 10, 2011


Trent, 23 March 1475. Evening before Passover, the Jewish Easter. The body of a Christian boy, showing signs of torture, is found in the synagogue and dwelling-house of a Jew of German origin, the money lender Samuel of Nuremberg: the boy’s name is Simon, two years old, son of a humble tanner. The city is in a state of shock.

Simon of Trent

The only consolation: the investigation is proceeding apace. According to investigators, the boy’s abduction and murder occurred with the participation of the most prominent members of the local Jewish community -- even the women -- in a macabre ritual of crucifixion and violation of the corpse. Even “Old Man” Moses, the most highly respected Jew in Trent, was said to have mocked Simon’s suspended body, as if to ridicule a new Passion of the Christ.

Incarcerated in the Castello del Buonconsiglio and submitted to torture, the Jews confessed responsibility in the horrendous crime. Then, following the pattern of other, similar, exemplary punishments, the guilty were condemned to death and executed in the town square. Jews were accused of ritual infanticide for too many [sic] centuries of the Christian Era, from the Middle Ages to the 17th Century; these accusations did not cease with the appearance of the modern mind, but were, rather, only replaced by the rise of another kind of anti-Semitism: obsessive, virulent and ferocious.

Only torture – it was thought – could compel the peaceful Jewish family men to confess to killing the children of Gentiles; not only crucifying the victim after the murder, but actually engaging in practices of ritual cannibalism, i.e., consuming the young Christian blood for magical and therapeutic purposes.

It seemed impossible to believe that the Jewish Passover, which commemorated the Exodus of the captive Jews from Egypt, celebrating their freedom and promising their redemption, should in fact be associated with the blood of a "goy katan", a “little Christian”! Now, more than ever, after the tragedy of the Shoa, it is understandable that the “blood libel” has become a taboo. Or rather, the accusations appeared the best proof, not of the perfidy of the accused, but of the racism of the judges.

Thus, to people today, only a gesture of unprecedented intellectual courage could lead to a re-examination of the entire matter, based on a question which is as precise as it is delicate: whenever anyone mentions all of this– the crucifixion of children on the evening before Passover, the use of Christian blood as an ingredient in the unleavened bread consumed during the festivities – are we talking about myths, i.e., of ancient beliefs and ideologies, or are we talking about rituals, i.e., real events, events even prescribed by Rabbis? This courageous gesture has now been made.

This disturbing question has now been raised using contemporary sources, by an historian perfectly qualified for the job: an expert on Jewish dietary culture, including religious precepts and gastronomic habit, in addition to the interwoven fortunes of Jewish and anti-Semitic imagery. An Italian by birth, but docent of Medieval history in Israel for some years now, Ariel Toaff sent Il Mulino publishing house a heavy and serious volume even starting with the title: "Pasque di sangue" [BLOOD PASSOVER], a magnificent history book.

The book, as an historical study, is too serious, and too praise-worthy, to require any hawking of its virtues, as if we had to sell it from a stall in a market place. It should nevertheless be noted that PASQUE DI SANGUE offers an original, and, in some ways, disturbing, argument. Toaff maintains that, between approximately 1100 and 1500 A.D., during the period between the First Crusade and the waning of the Middle Ages, a few crucifixions of Christian boys – perhaps many – actually occurred, giving rise to reprisals against entire Jewish communities, the punitive massacres of men, women, children. Neither at Trent in 1475, nor elsewhere in the Europe of the Late Middle Ages, were the Jewish victims always innocent without exception. Over a vast German-speaking geographical area between the Rhine, the Danube and the Adige, a minority of fundamentalist Ashkenazi Jews actually -- and repeatedly -- committed human sacrifices.

Moving with extraordinary expertise over the terrain of history, theology and anthropology, Toaff illustrates the central role of blood in the celebration of the Jewish Passover: the blood of the lamb, marking the release from slavery of Egypt, as well as the blood of the prepuce, originating from the circumcision of new-born males of Israel. According to one Biblical passage, in Exodus, blood was first shed by the son of Moses, which a certain Orthodox tradition considered one and the same with the blood of the Isaac which Abraham had been prepared to sacrifice. Therefore, in the ritual dinner of Passover, the solemn unleavened blood was kneaded with clotted blood, while more dried blood was sprinkled into the wine before reciting the ten curses of Egypt. What blood could prove more effective for the purpose than that of a Christian child killed for the occasion, asked the most fanatical of the Jews studied by Toaff? The blood of a new Agnus Dei, to be consumed for magical purposes, to precipitate the ruin of the persecutors, cursed followers of a false and mendacious faith. The blood of infants, thought appropriate to avenge the terrible gestures of desperation – the infanticides, the collective suicides – to which the Jews of the German-speaking geographical area had too often been driven by the odious practice of forced baptism, imposed upon the progeny of Israel in the name of Jesus Christ. In addition to this sacrificial value, powdered blood (human or animal) possessed, for the Jews, the most widely varied therapeutic functions, to such an extent as to defy, with rabbinical consent, the Biblical injunction against ingesting it in any form. According to the dictates of a caballic practice handed down for centuries, blood was valuable in alleviating epileptic seizures, in stimulating sexual desire, but was principally used as a powerful haemostatic [blood-clotting agent], arresting menstrual hemorrhages and nose bleeds [epistassi nasali]. Above all, it instantly healed the wound caused by the circumcision of the newborn. Hence, during the 13th Century, a black market grew up on both sides of the Alps, a coming and going of Jewish vendors of human blood, with their tin-bottomed leather bags, often with a rabbinical certification of the product as “kosher blood”...

Twenty years ago, a short book by the late Piero Camporesi, IL SUGO DELLA VITA [The Juice of Life] (published by Garzanti), discussed the symbolism and magical connotations of blood in Medieval Christian civilization. The book contained illustrations of the manner in which Italian Catholics of both the Middle Ages and the modern era recycled blood for therapeutic or necromantic purposes: such as the glorious blood of the Mystics, to be added to the dust of skulls of the hanged; distillates from the blood of suicides; human fat; among the hodgepodge of portents known to popular medicine. Through the “Blood Passover", the fundamentalists of ashkenazi Judaism offered their own interpretation – desperate and ferocious – of an analogous kind of practice. But they paid an enormously higher price for it. * * * [deletion in original article]

Ariel Toaff’s book "PASQUE DI SANGUE: Ebrei d' Europa e omicidi rituali" [BLOOD PASSOVER: Jews of Europe and Ritual Murder] (325 pages) appears in bookstores day after tomorrow, Thursday 8 February, published by Il Mulino. The book compares the arguments of the accusation, made against Jews for centuries, of abducting and killing Christian children to use their blood in Passover rites * * * [deletion in original article]

Simon of Trent. In 1475, little Simon was found dead at Trent. 15 Jews were executed for his murder. Simon was venerated as a saint until 1965. * * * [deletion in original article]

An historian of Judaism, Ariel Toaff, son of the ex-head Rabbi of Rome Elio Toaff, teaches Medieval and Renaissance History at Bar-Ilan University in Israel.

Toaff’s books published by Il Mulino include:
Il vino e la carne. Una comunità ebraica nel Medioevo" [THE WINE AND THE MEAT: A Jewish Community in the Middle Ages” (1989);
[translated into English as LOVE, WORK AND DEATH; see below]
"Mostri giudei. L'immaginario ebraico dal Medioevo alla prima età moderna" [JEWISH MONSTERS: Jewish Myths and Legends from the Middle Ages to the Early Modern Era” (1996);
For excerpt, click here
["Imaginary Jew" is a mistranslation. "Immaginario ebraico" means something like the "Imaginary World of the Jews"]
and "Mangiare alla giudia. La cucina ebraica in Italia dal Rinascimento all'età moderna" [EATING JEWISH-STYLE: Jewish Cooking in Italy from the Rennaissance to the Modern Era] (2000)
[if you like Mediterranean food, this is an extremely interesting book].




Luzzatto Sergio

(End of translation)

[COMMENT: Seven days after this article appeared, the publisher, Il Mulino, quit listing the book on its website. I contacted several sellers in an attempt to buy it, placed an order with one, and was soon told that it was "out of stock" and that I should re-order. Of course, I could cancel the order if I wished! Obviously, the "fear of the Jews fell upon them". The book, which was, in fact, issued and distributed to book stores, is now being sold second hand at very high prices.

Also available from Toaff, in English, are : Love, Work and Death: Jewish Life in Medieval Umbria - Littman Library of Jewish Civilization, 1998
[see notes above and below]
Jews in Umbria, The: A Documentary History of the Jews in Italy  - Brill Academic Publishers,Netherlands, 1994 (3 volumes; in English, Italian and Latin. Each volume is over 400 pages long).

Available in French is: Le Marchand de Pérouse. Une Communauté juive au Moyen Age. Balland., Paris., 1993
[see note below]

In Italian and Hebrew : Il Ghetto di Roma nel Cinquecento conflitti etnici e problemi socioeconomici (The Ghetto of Rome in the XVIth Century) - Ramat-Gan, Israel: Bar-Ilan University, 1984

The Mediterranean and the Jews. Volume I: banking, finance, and international trade (16th-18th centuries) - Bar-Ilan University Press, Ramat-Gan, 1989.

The Jews in Medieval Assisi.1305-1487. A social & economic history of a small Jewish community Olschiki, 1979.

Gli Ebrei a Perugia Perugia, 1975.

It is obvious that Ariel Toaff is not just anybody, and, most importantly, he is not somebody like Harold Covington or
He is a real expert. Now. The question in my mind is: if the Jews executed at Trent for the murder of the infant Simon were in fact innocent, and only confessed because they were being tortured -- as the Jews always claim -- then what about all the Germans [Hoess, Kramer, et al.] who were tortured into "confessing" that they gassed Jews?
To me the question of Jewish ritual murder remains open; but I haven't read the book.

(Not YET)

Meanwhile, back at the ranch, the English-language press spent more time refuting the book than reviewing it; to which the author's reply -- until he withdrew the book -- was: "If they haven't read it, why bother?"]
The Bloody Passovers of Dr Toaff

By Israel Shamir


Blood, betrayal, torture, and surrender are intervowen in the story of an Italian Jew, Dr Ariel Toaff, as if penned by his compatriot Umberto Eco. Dr Toaff stumbled onto a frightful discovery, was horrified but bravely went on, until he was subjected to the full pressure of his community; he repented, a broken man.

Dr Toaff is the son of the Rabbi of Rome and a professor in the Jewish University of Bar Ilan, not far from Tel Aviv. He made a name for himself by his deep study of medieval Jewry. His three-volumed Love, Work, and Death (subtitled Jewish Life in Medieval Umbria) is an encyclopaedia of this admittedly narrow area. While studying his subject he discovered that the medieval Ashkenazi Jewish communities of North Italy practiced a particularly horrible form of human sacrifice. Their wizards and adepts stole and crucified Christian babies, obtained their blood and used it for magical rituals evoking the Spirit of Vengeance against the hated Goyim.



[It is unfortunate that people do not read things before writing about them. First, LOVE, WORK AND DEATH is not a "three-volumed set of books", and is not identical with THE JEWS IN UMBRIA, with which Shamir has gotten it confused. If you fancy reading 1,200 pages of archive documents in a mixture of Latin and Italian dialect -- and I mean a complete mixture, not just one document in Latin and then another in Italian -- then THE JEWS IN UMBRIA will be just your cup of tea.

LOVE, WORK AND DEATH: JEWISH LIFE IN MEDIEVAL UMBRIA is nothing more than an English translation of IL VINO E LA CARNE: UNA COMMUNITÀ GIUDAICA NEL MEDIEVO (correct translation: THE WINE AND THE MEAT: A JEWISH COMMUNITY IN THE MIDDLE AGES), and neither the original nor the translation claims that the Jews ever crucified anyone! The accusation was made, once, but nobody believed it, and the Jews were not convicted.

I rather suspected that LOVE, WORK AND DEATH was merely a translation of IL VINO E LA CARNE, which I had already bought, and was busy reading when I noticed this claim made by Shamir. So I wasted my dough on the translation!

Why the hell don't they translate the titles correctly so you know what the hell you're buying?

Translation of "Il Vino e La Carne" with fake title

Italian original of "Love, Work and Death"

This is the same goddamn book, damn it.

So is the French translation,
Le Marchand de Perouse = The Merchant from Perugia!

Le marchand de Pérouse - une communauté juive au Moyen âge: Ariel TOAFF
Another translation of "Il Vino e la Carne", with yet another fake title

They seem to want to rob you five times with the same book.
Further complicating the problem is that some of his books are published in Israel, so you get 17 pages of Italian and 99 pages in Hebrew!
Caveat emptor.
You have to check the table of contents in every case; you can't go by the title.

Anyway, what happened in this case was that a peasant family named Antoniucci owed money to a family of Jewish money lenders in Bevagna, Umbria, and failed to pay. Several members of the Jewish family accosted, intimidated and assaulted several members of the Antoniucci family for failure to pay. A small boy, Pietro Antoniucci, was supposed to show up at the Jews' house with the cash in early April 1485. He didn't have it on him, so his treatment at their hands may easily be imagined.

To revenge himself, he claimed to have been crucified by them! He also had his mother arrested as an accomplice of the Jews (nice kid, huh?). She asked him, from jail, "Why have you brought me here to meet my destruction?" To which the little brat replied, "For fear that you would do me harm..." Children are such a joy!

The Jews tried to smuggle their assets out of town for fear of seizure by the bailiffs and were fined 200 ducats. If it had been their intention to crucify the kid, they would have killed him, or, at the very least, he would have been unable to walk, and could not have escaped. This was something the little brat never explained (Love, Work and Death, pp. 136-38; Il Vino e la Carne, pp. 167-69).

If the authorities had believed the Jews guilty of crucifying this vindictive little psychopath, they wouldn't have been fined, they would have been burnt at the stake, or executed in some other, equally painful, manner. Philip Bader, for example, was executed by having the flesh torn off his bones with red-hot pincers, after which he was broken on the wheel, and his body was torn apart by four horses (Ronnie Po-chia Hsia, The Myth of Ritual Murder: Jews and Magic in Reformation Germany, p. 93).

Jew being dragged to execution, Ronnie Po-chia Hsia, p. 27

It is obvious that if Toaff had accused the Jews of crucifying children in 1989, then all this worldwide panic over Pasque di Sangue in 2007 would have occurred in 1989 instead of 2007, and Pasque di Sangue would probably never have been written.

Shamir's information concerning the Trent Trial, below, is taken from Pasque di Sangue and other sources, not LOVE, WORK AND DEATH.
It is also untrue that Toaff ended up "a broken man", although his nerves were shattered momentarily. He published one of his finest books in 2010, IL PRESTIGIATORE DI DIO ("GOD'S CONJUROR"), the biography of a Jewish alchemist, inventor, magician, quack, duellist, escape artist and con-man, and his various wanderings, rivalries, escapes and jailbreaks, from court to court, in Renaissance Europe, from Italy to Poland (like Casanova, but without all the seductions) -- a very, very fine book indeed, equal in quality to Pasque di Sangue (although hardly controversial).

God's Conjuror -- a very fine book indeed, published in 2010
Why doesn't someone translate these things?

We wish him much luck in the future, including the publication of many more excellent books.
Toaff writes some of the most beautiful modern Italian I have ever seen. I am reading the more useful of his books as time permits.
It is a shame that very few of them have been translated. That in itself is a crime against art.
His "recantation" is the product of a shattered nervous system and does not reflect his usual style, or even his own ideas on all points.
It was written to pander to his enemies and get his university and publisher off the hook.
Toaff is by nature a moderate.

- C.P., March 10, 2011].

[back to Israel Shamir and The Bloody Passovers of Dr. Toaff]

In particular, he dwelt on the case of St Simon of Trent. This two-year old child from the Italian town of Trent was kidnapped by a few Ashkenazi Jews from his home on the eve of Passover 1475 AD.  At night, the kidnappers murdered the child; drew his blood, pierced his flesh with needles, crucified him head down calling “So may all Christians by land and sea perish”, and thus they celebrated their Passover, an archaic ritual of outpouring blood and killed babies, in the most literal form, without usual metaphoric “blood-wine” shift.

The killers were apprehended, confessed and were found guilty by the Bishop of Trent. Immediately, the Jews took their protest to the Pope and he had sent the bishop of Ventimiglia to investigate. He allegedly accepted a hefty bribe from the Jews and concluded that the child was murdered by a Hamas mine in order to besmirch Israel, as there was no Tsahal ordnance found on the beach of Trent. “Simon had been killed by Christians with the intention of ruining the Jews”,  said the pre-war  Jewish Encyclopedia, in a clear case of premonition: the same argument was used by Jews in 2006 while explaining away the mass murder of children in Kafr Qana.

However, in the 15th century the Jews were influential, yes, but all-powerful, no. They could not deal with the world like they did in 2002 after their massacre of Jenin by ordering everybody to buzz off. They had no American veto in the Security Council. They could not bomb Rome, and the word “antisemitism” was invented 400 years later. They were given a fair deal which is much worse than preferred treatment: Pope Sixtus IV assembled a commission of six cardinals chaired by the best legal mind of that time, for retrial; and this Supreme Court found the murderers guilty. See more for a Catholic version and a Jewish version of the events.  The records of the trial have survived centuries and are still available in Vatican.

In 1965, the Roman Catholic Church entered a perestroika [i]. These were the halcyon days of the Vatican II when the modernizers uprooted the foundations of tradition hoping to update the faith and to fit it into the new Jewish-friendly narrative of modernity; in plain prose, the bishops wanted to be loved by the liberal press.  

The ever-watchful Jews used the opportunity and pushed the bishops to decommission St Simon of Trent. They were happy to oblige: already in bizarre ritual, the Church leaders had found the Jews free from guilt for Crucifixion of Christ while admitting the Church’s guilt for persecution of Jews; the crucifixion of an Italian baby was a small matter compared with this reversal. In a hasty decision, the bishops ruled that the confessions of the killers were unacceptable because obtained under torture, and thus the accused were innocent, while the young martyr was anything but. His cult was discontinued and forbidden, and the remains of the martyred child were removed and dumped in a secret place to avoid resumption of pilgrimage.

And now we come back to Dr Ariel Toaff. While going through the papers of the trial, he made a staggering discovery: instead of being dictated by the zealous investigators under torture, the confessions of the killers contained material totally unknown to the Italian churchmen or police. The killers belonged to the small and withdrawn Ashkenazi community, they practiced their own rites, quite different from those used by the native Italian Jews; these rites were faithfully reproduced in their confessions, though they were not known to the Crime Squad of the day. “These liturgical formulas in Hebrew with a strong anti-Christian tone cannot be projections of the judges who could not know these prayers, which didn't even belong to Italian rites but to the Ashkenazi tradition," Toaff wrote. A confession is of value only if it contains some true and verifiable details of the crime the police did not know of. This iron rule of criminal investigation was observed in Trent trials.

This discovery has the potential to shake, shock and reshape the Church. The noble learned rabbi Dr Toaff brought back St Simon, the double victim of 15 th century vengeance and of 20th century perestroika. This called for repentance of the Vatican doctors who forgot the murdered child while looking for friendship with important American Jews, but they still do not admit their grave error. Monsignor Iginio Rogger, a church historian who in the 1960s [mis]led the investigation into St Simon's case, said that the confessions were completely unreliable for “the judges used horrible tortures”. This was an antizionist and hence antisemitic remark, for rejection of confessions obtained under torture would let all the Palestinian prisoners out of Jewish jails; this was an anti-American remark, for the US recognizes the value of torture and practices it in Guantanamo and elsewhere. This was a holocaust-denier remark for thus they invalidate the Nürnberg trials. The renown Jewish American lawyer and adept of torture Alan Dershowitz could have argued against Rogger; but somehow he did not.

 "I wouldn't want to be in Toaff's shoes, answering for this to historians who have seriously documented this case," said Rogger to USA Today. Toaff’s shoes are vastly preferable to those of Rogger who will have to answer for slighting the saint in Heaven.

 Moreover, this Trento crime was not an exception: Toaff discovered many cases of such bloody sacrifices connected with the mutilation of children, outpouring of blood and its baking in Matzo (unleavened bread) spanning five hundred years of European history. Blood, this magic drink, was a popular medicine of the time, and of any time: Herod tried to keep young bathing in blood of babies, alchemists used blood to turn lead into gold. Jewish wizards meddled in magic and used it as much as anybody. There was a thriving market in such delicacies as blood, powder made of blood and bloody matzo. Jewish vendors sold it accompanied with rabbinic letters of authorization; the highest value was blood of a goy katan, a gentile child, much more usual was blood of circumcision. Such blood sacrifices were "instinctive, visceral, virulent actions and reactions, in which innocent and unknowing children became victims of the love of God and of vengeance," Toaff wrote in the book's preface. "Their blood bathed the altars of a God who, it was believed, needed to be guided, sometimes impatiently pushed to protect and to punish."

This somewhat cryptic remark can be understood by reading Israeli professor Israel Yuval’s book Two Nations in Thy Womb. Yuval explained that blood libations were necessary (in the eyes of Jewish magicians) to bring forth Divine Vengeance upon the Goyim. He also quotes an irrefutable (i.e. not denied by Jews) instance of blood sacrifice by a Jew. ( Read about it in my article Bloodcurdling Libel.) Toaff improved upon Yuval by stressing the ordinary magic use of blood by Jews in the Middle Ages, and by allowing for the anti-Christian element: crucifixion of victims and the cursing of Christ and Virgin. Here his book is supported by (admittedly, more timid) Reckless Rites: Purim and the Legacy of Jewish Violence by Elliott Horowitz. Horowitz tells his reader of strange rituals: flagellation of the Virgin, destruction of crucifixes and the beating up and killing Christians.

Now it is behind us. We can look at the past and say: yes, some Jewish wizards and mystics practiced human sacrifices. They murdered children, mutilated their bodies and used their blood in order to outpour Divine Wrath on their non-Jewish neighbours. They mocked Christian rites by using Christian blood instead of blood of Christ. The Church and the people all over Europe were right. The Europeans (and the Arabs, and the Russians) weren’t crazy bigots, they understood what they saw. They punished the culprits but they left the innocent in peace. We, humans, can look at this dreadful page of history with pride, and shed a tear or two for the poor children destroyed by these wrath-seeking monsters. Jews may be more modest and cease carrying their historical wounds on the sleeve: their forefathers thrived despite these terrible doings by some of their coreligionists, while in the Jewish state, sins of some Palestinians are visited upon all of them. We can also dismiss with shudder the whining of Israel’s friends when they want us not to see the Jenin Massacre or Qana Massacre for – yes, exactly, this is like the “blood libel”, i.e. not a libel at all.

Let us hope that the great daring act of Professor Toaff will become a turning point in the life of the Church. The swing caused by perestroika of Vatican II went too far. Remember that the Russian perestroika ended with the collapse of the whole structure. While anti-papists feared an anti-Christ on the See of St Peter, there is the real danger of a Gorbachev.

In an Italian town of Orvieto on the Adriatic shore, the Jews demanded the removal of an exhibition of great artistic value and the cessation of the procession commemorating the miracle of Trani. There, a millennium ago, a consecrated host was stolen from the church by a Jewess, the thief decided to fry the body of Christ in oil, but miraculously the host turned into flesh and started bleeding profusely so that the holy blood poured all over the house. Indeed such cases of host desecration are well attended all over Europe; they were well described by Yuval, Horowitz and Toaff; they indeed occurred, and only infamous Jewish chutzpah pushed The Roman Association of Friends of Israel into writing a letter to the Pope demanding an end to a one-thousand-year-old observance. And they got it. The Church bent over, the panels were dismantled, the procession cancelled and profound apologies to Jews were issued, to the vast satisfaction of Israeli ambassadors Gideon Meir (to Rome) and Oded Ben Hur (to the Vatican) who dictated the capitulation.

“Strange world indeed ours. – wrote Domenico Savino in the excellent web-magazine Effedieffe. - The offense is brought to the Christian Faith and forgiveness is asked of those who had perpetrated it.” Savino muses whether it was impossible just to politely ignore the demand of Friends of Israel, and he quotes at length the words of Cardinal Walter Kasper, the Vatican representative at this capitulation. Kasper is doing full Monty: he denies that the Church is the True and Only Chosen Israel, asserts the equal position of the Jews as “elder brothers”, denies the necessity of Christ, asks forgiveness of the Jews while promising “a new spring for the Church and the world”.

“Spring for the Church?!  - exclaims Savino. - Ah, but we have heard it already! The Pope said after Vatican II. “We waited for the spring and the storm has come". That spring has been enough for us and after this reconciliation in Orvieto I do not want more to hear the word ‘spring’ and see the wide smirk of satisfaction of “elder brothers” Gideon Meir and Oded Ben Hur!”

The perestroika came not only in Italy, and not only within the Catholic Church. In Germany a new sacrilege is being prepared: a “politically correct Bible” with the story of Passion being changed so as not to cause discomfort to Jews. The title is misleading: they may not call their bastard product “new German translation of the Bible free of gender bias and anti-Semitism”, like one can’t call one’s waste water, “wine free of intoxicants”.  Changing one letter in the Bible is equivalent to ruining the world, says the Talmud, and adduces an example of a Torah scroll where one word is changed, from “meod” (very) to “mavet” (death). Such a death-celebrating Torah would surely cause our world to perish. “Antisemitism-free” scripture probably will center on Jewish suffering while the Church will play the role of the villain of the piece. It will extol Judas and reject Christ. Likewise, removing “gender bias” will also remove the Annunciation, this great divide between sterile monocausality of the Jews and the Christian meeting of Heaven and Earth. Indeed the Christian model was so much more successful that even Jews adopted it in their Cabbala, and apparently decided to dump the redundant old monocausality to the Germans.

In England, an old liberal weekly, the Observer, changed its feathers and became the neocon nest supporting the war and Bush-Blair alliance. In perfect logical sequitur the paper also renounced Christ and preferred Jews, as in this review of a new English book. Adam Mars-Jones prefers Oscar Schindler to General Adam von Trott who was executed for his part in Generals’ Plot in 1944: “That's what made Schindler's List such a startling film: it followed Jewish ethics by showing the hero's outer journey, for once, rather than an inner one. The guy was tainted - so what? That's his business, as long as he saved Jews. His mitzvahs earned him his place among the Righteous Gentiles, and in the absence of an afterlife (not really a feature of Jewish belief) that's all that can be said. Let's have more of that tone, and less of a cult of martyrdom. Veneration for sacrifice, for purely symbolic victory, can distort the most well-meaning enterprise, and risks insulting the dead, who had no options.”

The Observer reviewer made clear his choice for Judas or Caiaphas (“though tainted, he wanted to save Jews”) and against Jesus Christ who was the Sacrifice. His call for “less of a cult of martyrdom, less veneration for sacrifice, for purely symbolic victory” would make Golgotha the final last word, with no Resurrection in sight. Who needs Christian virtues? Man’s faults and vices are “his business, as long as he saved Jews”, and the best a goy may hope for is a “place among the Righteous Gentiles”. From this point of view, St Simon and other children did not die in vain; they helped the Jews call for God’s Vengeance, and that is the best they could possibly wish. Likewise, British soldiers could not hope for a better fate than to die for Israel on the streets of Basra, or Teheran, or elsewhere.

Thus, in Rome, Berlin or London, the Jews won a round or two in their competition with the Church. By stubbornly hanging on and never regretting, never apologizing, always working against Christianity, they succeeded in replacing in many simple minds the image of the Via Dolorosa, Golgotha and the Resurrection with their gross misrepresentation of human history as of a long line of innocent Jewish suffering, blood libels, holocausts and the Zionist redemption in the Holy Land. Though people reasonably rejected the idea of Jewish guilt in death of Christ, they installed instead an even more absurd idea of Church’s guilt in death of Jews.

The consequences are not purely theological. Britain, Italy and Germany acquiesce in Jewish strangulation of Christian Palestine, in the blockade of Gaza, in the robbery of Church lands in Bethlehem and Jerusalem. They support American Drang Nach Osten. Worse: they lose their connection to God, their empathy to fellow human beings dries up, as if the blind spirit of vengeance conjured up by innocent blood caught up with them. 

The publication of Dr Toaff’s book could become a not-a-minute-too-early turning point in the Western history, from apology of Judas to adoration of Christ. Yes, his narrative of murdered children makes just a small crack in the huge edifice of Jewish exceptionalism built in Europeans’ mind. But great edifices can fall in a moment, as we learned on 9/11.

Apparently, the Jews felt it and they attacked Toaff like maddened swarm. A renowned Jewish historian, rabbi and a son of a rabbi, wrote about 500-year old events – why should they bestir themselves? In the Middle ages, use of blood, necromancy, black magic were not an exclusively Jewish realm. Witches and wizards of gentile background did it too. So just join the human race, warts and all! But this is too demeaning to the arrogant Chosenites.

 “It is incredible that anyone, much less an Israeli historian, would give legitimacy to the baseless blood libel accusation that has been the source of much suffering and attacks against Jews historically," said ADL National Director Abe Foxman. The Anti-Defamation League called the book “baseless and playing into the hands of anti-Semites everywhere.”

Not much of an historian, not much of a rabbi, Foxman has a priori knowledge, based on faith and conviction, that it is “baseless”. But then, he said the same about the Jenin Massacre.

In a press release, Bar-Ilan University “is expressing great anger and extreme displeasure at Toaff, for his lack of sensitivity in publishing his book about blood libels in Italy. His choice of a private publishing firm in Italy, the book's provocative title and the interpretations given by the media to its contents have offended the sensitivities of Jews around the world and harmed the delicate fabric of relations between Jews and Christians. Bar-Ilan University strongly condemns and repudiates what is seemingly implied by Toaff's book and by reports in the media concerning its contents, as if there is a basis for the blood libels that led to the murder of millions of innocent Jews.”

These are firing words. Toaff came under strong community pressure: he was about to find himself at 65, on the street, probably without pension, without old friends and students, ostracized and excommunicated. Probably his life was threatened as well: Jews employ professional secret killers to deal with such nuisances. In the old days, they were called rodef, now they are called kidon, still as efficient as of old, and they were intercepted less often than bloodthirsty maniacs. His reputation would be annihilated: a Sue Blackwell would “consult her Jewish friends” and call him a Nazi, an ADL-sponsored Searchlight would discover, invade or invent his private life, many small Jews in the Web would denigrate him in their blogs and in their flagship, the Wikipedia. Who would befriend him? Probably not a single Jew, and not many Christians.

In the beginning of the attack, he tried to brave it. “I will not give up my devotion to the truth and academic freedom even if the world crucifies me.” Toaff told Haaretz earlier this week that he stood by the contention of his book, that there is a factual basis for some of the medieval blood accusations against the Jews.

But Toaff was not made of stern stuff. Like Winston Smith, the main character of Orwell’s 1984, he broke down in a mental cellar of Jewish inquisition. He published a full apology, stopped distribution of his book, promised to submit it to Jewish censorship, and “also promised to donate all the funds forthcoming from the sale of his book to the Anti-Defamation League” of good Abe Foxman.

His last words were as touching as those of Galileo recanting his heresy: "I will never allow any Jew-hater to use me or my research as an instrument for fanning the flames, once again, of the hatred that led to the murder of millions of Jews. I extend my sincerest apologies to all those who were offended by the articles and twisted facts that were attributed to me and to my book."

Thus Ariel Toaff surrendered to the community pressure. Not that it matters what he says now. We do not know what mental tortures were prepared for him in the Jewish Gestapo of ADL, how he was forced to recant. What he gave us is enough. But what has he given us? In a way, his contribution is similar to that of Benny Morris and other Israeli New Historians: they repeated the data we knew from Palestinian sources, from Abu Lughud and Edward Said. But Palestinian sources were not trusted - only Jewish sources are considered trustworthy in our Jewish-centered universe. Thus Morris et al helped millions to free themselves from the enforced Zionist narrative. This would not be necessary if we were able to believe a goy vs. Jew: an Arab about the Expulsion of 1948, an Italian about St Simon, maybe even a German about  war deportations. Now Ariel Toaff has freed many captive minds by repeating what we knew from a variety of Italian, English, German, Russian sources. If “blood libel” turned out to be not a libel but a regular criminal case, maybe other Jewish claims will go down, too? Maybe the Russians were not guilty of pogroms? Maybe Ahmadinejad is not a new Hitler bent on destruction? Maybe Muslims are not evil Jew-haters?

Ariel Toaff gave us also a window to view processes inside Jewry, in order to learn how this incredible discipline of Swarm is maintained, how dissidents are punished, how uniformity of mind is achieved.  Jewry is indeed exceptional from this point of view: a Christian (or Muslim) scientist who would find a blemish in the long history of the Church will not hide it, he is not likely to be terrorized into obedience; he will not be ostracized if he embraces the most vile view; even if excommunicated, the scientist or the writer will find enough support, as Salman Rushdee, Voltaire and Tolstoy discovered. Nor Church neither Ummah command this sort of blind discipline, and nor Pope neither Imam wields the power of Mr Abe Foxman over his coreligionists. And Foxman does not care for truth, but goes for what is (in his view) good for the Jews. No amount of witnesses, not even a live broadcast of Jewish blood sacrifice would force him to accept unpleasant truth: he will find a reason why. We saw it in the case of Qana bombardment, when Israeli planes destroyed a building and killed some fifty children, surely more than the wizards of Umbria did. Thus do not expect Toaff’s book will convince Jews – nothing can.

Do not envy this unity of Jewish hearts and minds; this unity’s obverse side is that No Jew Is Free. A man is forced to become a Jew by his parents; he has no freedom of mind on any stage; he has to follow the orders. My Jewish reader, if you’ll understand that you are a slave, not in vain you’ve read that far. Until you are able to answer the rhetoric question “Aren’t you a Jew?” with simple “No”, you’ll remain a prisoner on parole, a captive on the string. Sooner or later they will pull the string. Sooner or later you’ll have to lie, to search for weasel words, to deny what you know is right and true. Freedom is at your gate; stretch your arm and take it. Like the Kingdom of Heaven, freedom is yours for asking. Freedom is Christ, for a man chooses Christ with his heart, not with his foreskin. You are free when you accept Christ and are able to reply as the Gospel says (Matth 5:37) “ Let your 'Yes' mean 'Yes, I am a Christian' and your 'No' mean 'No, I am not a Jew.' Luckily, it is possible. Toaff could have had it; what a pity his courage failed him!

His fate reminds me that of Uriel (almost the same name!) Acosta. A noble forerunner of Spinoza, Acosta (born c. 1585, Oporto, Portugal - died April 1640, Amsterdam) attacked Rabbinic Judaism and was excommunicated. “A sensitive soul, Acosta found it impossible to bear the isolation of excommunication, and he recanted, writes Encyclopedia Britannica. Excommunicated again after he was accused of dissuading Christians from converting to Judaism, he made a public recantation after enduring years of ostracism. This humiliation shattered his self-esteem, and he shot himself.” Acosta’s error was that he went far, but not far enough.



The small Simon , a little boy from Trent, was slayed on the 21st March, 1475 A.D., on Maundy-Thursday during Holy Week. The Jews of this town wanted to celebrate their Passover in their own way; so they secretly abducted the small boy and carried him to the house of the Jew Samuel. During Holy Week on Maundy-Thursday, the day before Good Friday, "and" on the day before the outlawed "Perfidious Passover", about three hours after supper, the little boy, like children do, was sitting in front of his parents’ house. Neither his father nor mother were home at the time as they were at Church. It was at this time that the Jew Tobias approached the child, who was not quite 30 months old, and while speaking kindly and offering the boy a piece of money, picked him up and carried him at once to the house of the Jew Samuel.

When night fell, the twin brothers Saligman and Samuel, with Tobias, Vitalis (Veitel), Moses, Israel and Mayr, undressed the little boy and unmercifully butchered him. While Moses strangled him with a handkerchief as he lay across Samuel’s knee, pieces of flesh from his neck were cut with a knife and the blood collected in a bowl. At the same time, they punctured the naked offering with needles and murmured Hebrew curses. They then cut pieces of flesh from the boy’s arm and legs and collected the blood in pots.

Finally the torturers mitated the crucifixion by holding the twitching body upside down and the arms outstretched and during this horrible act they spoke the following:

Take this, crucified Jesus. Just as our forefathers did once, so may all Christians by land and sea perish.

St. Simon of Trent is a Canonized Roman Catholic Saint
Relief Commemorating the Horrific Death of St. Simon of Trent 1475 A.D., Child Martyr & Canonized Saint, at the Hands of Perfidious Jews

They then rushed to their meal. When the child had died they threw his body in the river which flowed by their house. After this, they joyously celebrated Passover. The case was prosecuted by Bishop Hinderbach, and the Jews were sentenced to death. Immediately, all Jews of the area protested the sentence and succeeded in gaining a new trial for the accused. It was tried before Giudici of Ventimiglia, and he confirmed the sentence. Again because of Jewish protests, the case came before the court of Pope Sixtus IV. He commissioned the greatest and most famous professor of law at that time, Panvino, to serve as Chief Justice. Assisted by six cardinals, he too confirmed the sentence.

*The court officially stated:

The Hebrews killed the little boy Simon, in order to obey a rabbinical religious law; their motive being to serve a most wicked piety and devotion by obtaining Christian blood for the celebration of Passover.

The *records of this trial were originally kept in the secret archive of the Citadel of St. Angelo and were then transferred to the Vatican, where they are now available for examination. They were disclosed by Pope Benedict XIV. Also Pope Clement XIV as legal counsellor for the Holy Office, before he became Pope, verified the murders of both St. Simon of Trent and St. Andreas of Rinn (remember St. Dominguito del Val, Mártir) as cases of ritual murder almost 300 years later, in 1770. The boy [Simon] who was tortured to death at Trent was officially canonized by Pope Sixtus V. The Holy Infant Martyr, St. Simon of Trent's feast day is always celebrated on March 24th.

Pope Sixtus V Canonized St. Simon of Trent
Pope Sixtus V Canonized St. Simon of Trent

St. Simon of Trent - Catholic Martyr
The Catholic Church Celebrates the Feast Day of the
Holy Infant Martyr, St. Simon of Trent, on March 24th

Saint Simon of Trent has been venerated as a martyr since 1475 A.D. In 1965 A.D., the cult was sacrilegiously attempted to be "suppressed" (which is an impossibility) by order of the Racist Zionist Mafia in collaboration with their Marrano friends in the VATICAN . This attack on St. Simon of Trent's sacred cult, by the Modernist infiltrators holed up in Rome, was/is in perfect harmony with their overall attempt [PLAN] to abandon TRADITION [THE FAITH] "in favor" of [i.e. WITH] modern Judaism.
(Note: This is further proof, as if we need more, that the Vatican II sect is not the True Catholic Church, but instead is a counterfeit church, headed by imposters who have usurped Church property. -The Webmaster)

There are numerous cases of blood ritual reported in the past centuries. Many have been investigated by the Catholic Church and were confirmed, some by popes who had been unbelieving. Today, blood ritual is called a myth, an anti-semitic prosecution of days passed. To raise the ugly head of blood ritual is taboo. Yet, we are told many thousands of children disappear every year in the world. What has happened to them? Have there been any studies?

Preserve your Catholic Child's Innocence... Don't watch TV!
Catholic Parents are Accountable for their Children's Immortal Souls
Note: "The HEXAGRAM [Magen David 6-pointed star] was adopted by the Zionist Organization at the First Zionist
Congress in 1897." (Cavendish, p. 1300) It has no connection to Judaism practiced before Christ - The Webmaster

St. Simon of Trent, Murdered in Your Innocence

Ora Pro Nobis



By : Joseph Jacobs    Aaron Tänzer   

   The Disappearance of Simon.
   Torture Suffered by the Jews.
   Investigation by the Papal Envoy.

Child victim of an alleged ritual murder by the Jews of Trent. He was the son of Andreas Unverdosben, a cobbler, or tanner, in Trent, and was born Nov. 26, 1472.

The Disappearance of Simon.

The harmonious relations between the Christians and the Jews in Trent had excited the anger of the semidemented Franciscan friar Bernardinus of Feltre, who was a son of a notorious enemy of the Jews. In his Lenten sermons (1475) he endeavored to incite the people against them, but instead provoked displeasure on the part of the Christians. Then he predicted that at the next Jewish Passover a ritual murder would occur. In accordance with this prediction, the child Simon, twenty-eight months old, disappeared on March 23, 1475. Bernardinus of Feltre, Johannes Schweizer (a neighbor of the Jews), and, at last, the excited people themselves declared that the child would be found among the Jews; but a careful search through the Jewish quarter, ordered by Bishop Hinderbach and executed by the podestà of Trent, Johann Sala, proved fruitless.

On the eve of Easter Monday, March 26, some Jews noticed the body of a child in the river, near the house of one of their number named Samuel. Without a moment's delay three of them, Tobias (a physician), Samuel, and Angelus, hastened to notify the bishop, but were not admitted to his presence. The podestà, however, visited the house of Samuel, took possession of the child's body, and ordered the arrest of those present—Samuel, Angelus, Tobias, Israel, Bonaventura, Toaff, and a second Bonaventura (the cook). After a medical examination of the body it was stated that death was the result of violence, not of accidental drowning. A baptized Jew, Johann of Feltre, who had been a prisoner for several years for theft, seized the apparent opportunity to shorten the term of his imprisonment by declaring that the Jews use the blood of Christians for ritual purposes at the Passover. On the strength of this allegation all the members of the Jewish community, women and children included, were arrested. The proceedings against them began on March 28. The accused pleaded not guilty, and denounced two men: Johannes Schweizer, who had access to the river flowing by Samuel's house and who for a long time had been an enemy of the Jews; and the German tailor Enzelin. Johannes Schweizer and his wife were arrested, but proved an alibi as regards the 23d of March, though only for the daytime; they were finally liberated from prison in a "miraculous" manner.

Torture Suffered by the Jews.

Then began days and nights of torture for the Jews, in which numerous methods of compelling "confession" were tried. For a long time the sufferers remained steadfast and faithful; but after weeks of torture had weakened the will, they "confessed" in the exact words dictated by their clerical tormentors and assassins. These abominable practises caused Duke Sigmund and others to intercede and stop the proceedings (April 21). But the persecutions were resumed on June 5, and were maintained until the Jew Moses, aged eighty years, after terrible tortures and persistent denials, likewise "confessed." Toward the end of June (21-23) eight of the wealthiest Jews, after receiving baptism, were put to death, some being burned at the stake and the rest beheaded.

Investigation by the Papal Envoy.

But the cruelty of the proceedings had aroused general indignation. Pope Sixtus IV., alarmed for the reputation of the Church, commanded Bishop Hinderbach on Aug. 3 to again suspend proceedings, until the arrival of the papal commissary, Bishop Giambattista dei Sindici of Ventimiglia, who, jointly with the Bishop of Trent, would conduct the investigation. The papal agent had been fully instructed beforehand; after making an investigation, he denied the martyrdom of the child Simon and disputed the occurrence of a miracle at his grave. Sixtus IV. had already anticipated this denial in his encyclical of Oct. 10, 1475. The commissary uncovered the tissue of lies, but when he demanded the immediate release of the Jews he was denounced by the bishop and assailed by the mob, being compelled to withdraw to Roveredo. Thence, fortified by his instructions,he summoned the bishop and the podestà to answer for their conduct. Instead of appearing, Bishop Hinderbach answered by a circular, directed to all churchmen describing the martyrdom of Simon, justifying his own share in the proceedings, and denouncing the work of the Bishop of Ventimiglia as "corruptam inquisitionem." While the papal commissary was taking Enzelin, the supposed actual murderer, a prisoner to Rome for trial, the Bishop of Trent and the podestà continued their proceedings against the Jews, several of whom they executed (Dec. 2, 1475; Jan. 13 and 16, 1476).

The Bishop of Ventimiglia reported to Rome that, as the result of careful investigations, he found the Jews innocent, that Simon had been killed by Christians with the intention of ruining the Jews, and that Bishop Hinderbach had planned to enrich himself by confiscating the estates of those executed. Sixtus IV. then appointed a commission of six cardinals to investigate the two proceedings. The head of the commission being an intimate friend of Bernardinus of Feltre, the result was a foregone conclusion, especially since the whole Catholic Church would have been involved in the condemnation of the Bishop of Trent. Accordingly, in the decree of June 20, 1478, "Facit nos pietas," Sixtus IV. declared the proceedings against the Jews in Trent to be "rite et recte factum." Both Bernardinus of Feltre and Simon of Trent are said to have been canonized by Gregory XIII., about a century later, the former as a prophet, and the latter as a martyr.

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Scherer, Rechtsverhältnisse der Juden, pp. 598-599. J. A. Tä.

[COMMENT: Link from Israel Shamir to an Italian article claiming that Simon's body was removed by the Church and "dumped" as a result of pressure by the Jews. Shamir apparently (even obviously) [?] reads Italian, but has not translated it. For translation, see below [in preparation -- C.P.]: [It does not state that the body was "dumped". It says it was buried in an undisclosed location to prevent "pilgrimages" (just as the bodies of the men hanged at Nuremberg were cremated at Dachau and the ashes scatterd in a river for the same reason. Plus ça change.). - C.P.]

Laurea d'onore a mons. Iginio Rogger


Sarà il primo prelato a ricevere, dalle mani del preside Roberto Toniatti, il diploma di laurea d'onore. Mercoledì 12 aprile a monsignor Iginio Rogger verrà conferito il titolo di «dottore in Giurisprudenza». Quella che si terrà nella sede della facoltà di via Verdi sarà una cerimonia di grande importanza per l'Università, per la Chiesa e per la società trentina. Ottantasette anni ad agosto, il teologo, direttore del Museo diocesano, e per 22 anni direttore dell'Istituto superiore di scienze religiose, è fra gli intellettuali di maggiore rilievo. All'attività di ricerca di Iginio Rogger si deve la «svolta del Simonino»: nel 1965 la diocesi pose fine al culto del piccolo che perse la vita a soli 28 mesi. E proprio a quell'episodio, e al processo sommario che ne seguì, lo studioso dedicherà la lectio magistralis del 12 aprile («In margine al caso Simonino di Trento- Aspetti istituzionali e morali della questione»). Era il giovedì santo del marzo 1475, quando il cadavere del bimbo venne trovato nella roggia del ghetto ebraico, nell'area tra vicolo del Vò e via Manci. Il dito venne subito puntato contro gli ebrei trentini. Si aprì una pagina oscura: un processo indiziario, che si reggeva sul pregiudizio. Su iniziativa del principe vescovo Giovanni Hinderbach - autorità ecclesiastica e civile, considerata antisemita (l'odio nei confronti degli ebrei era diffuso a tutti i livelli) - partì un'inchiesta a senso unico, volta a dimostrare il coinvolgimento dell'intera comunità ebraica. Si parò di «omicidio rituale». La condanna, nonostante la ferma opposizione del commissario pontificio inviato da Roma che riteneva più plausibile l'ipotesi di colpevolezza del sarto Roper (si era parlato anche di semplice disgrazia), arrivò puntuale: con poche eccezioni, tutti i maschi della comunità vennero giustiziati. «Ma l'anno successivo ci fu anche un secondo processo a Vienna - racconta monsignor Rogger -. Si trattò di un procedimento analogo, che portò alla condanna delle donne della comunità e di tutti coloro che, secondo il teorema dell'accusa, erano stati complici». Nacque, dal basso, il «culto del San Simonino», accreditato di vari miracoli, e continuato fino alla seconda metà del Novecento. Il 28 ottobre 1965 venne pubblicato un decreto a firma del dell'arcivescovo Alessandro Maria Gottardi: «Nessun documento da parte della Santa Sede dava riconoscimento canonico all'incidente». La salma venne rimossa dalla chiesa di San Pietro e seppellita in un luogo segreto, per evitare che qualcuno continuasse a praticare il culto [TRANSLATION: The body was removed from the Church of St. Peter and buried in a secret location to prevent anyone from continuing to practice the cult. -C.P.]. «Quel corpo - dice Rogger - l'ho collocato io, con le mie mani, nella tomba. Lo feci dopo le necessarie indagini radioscopiche che accertarono la sua età e le sue condizioni al momento della morte». Tutti i dettagli di quell'episodio sono su un registro della diocesi, tenuto sotto chiave.


«Quando decidemmo di rimuovere il corpo i trentini, i fedeli trentini, furono molto ragionevoli. La gente apprezzò il fatto che non puntammo sul problema dell'antisemitismo: ci eravamo basati su una metodologia storico-scientifica, che dimostrava che le cose andarono diversamente. Il rischio era che i fedeli dicessero: "Ecco, ci tocca rinunciare al nostro santo per fare piacere agli ebrei". Non fu così e la comunità ebraica di lì a poco tempo tolse la scomunica gettata sulla città di Trento». Il prelato spiega che, salvo qualche sparuto gruppo di fedeli, nessuno adora più il Simonino. «In realtà lo scorso anno ricevetti una "lettera sospetta". Un uomo annunciava la sua partenza dalla Svizzera. Assieme ad altre dieci persone sarebbe venuto a Trento. Avrebbe voluto incontrarmi per parlare della "faccenda di San Simonino"». Un tentativo di carpire notizie, anche sulla collocazione della salma. «Io lo rinviai alla bibliografia scientifica».

Mercoledì 12, alle 10.30, davanti al rettore Davide Bassi, al preside Roberto Toniatti e al professor Diego Quaglioni - che leggerà la laudatio - monsignor Rogger tornerà sul caso Simonino: un caso storico, sociologico e giuridico, viste le commistioni dell'epoca fra autorità giudiziaria ed ecclesiastica. «Ho scelto di dedicare la lectio a questo argomento perché sono passati 40 anni dall'abolizione del culto e per ricordare anche la figura di Paul Willehad Eckert, il padre domenicano che compì lo studio decisivo che portò all'abolizione delle pratiche di adorazione».



Da L’Adige del 2 aprile 2006


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Professor outrages Jews with book claim

[COMMENT: Note the manner in which our Jewish-controlled press is completely unable to discuss anything at all, ever, without telling us what to think all the time, i.e., inserting editorial material in what otherwise purports to be news.- C.P.]

By Andrew M Rosemarine

Last Updated: 1:24am GMT 09/02/2007

A Jewish academic has shocked Italy by claiming Jews murdered Christians for their blood in the Middle Ages so it could be used in rituals.

The details were revealed in the Italian newspaper, the Corriere della Sera, which published extracts of the book, Easter of Blood by Professor Ariel Toaff.

The claims were denied by leading Jewish figures including his father Elio, once the chief Rabbi of Rome.

In the book, Prof Toaff alleges the ritual killing was carried out by members of a fundamentalist group in reaction to the persecution of Jews.

The book describes the mutilation and crucifixion of a two-year-old boy to recreate Christ’s execution at Pesach, the Jewish Easter. The festival marks the fleeing of the Jews from Egypt and Prof Toaff says Christian blood was used for "magic and therapeutic practices".

In some cases the blood was mixed with dough to make azzimo, unleavened bread, eaten at Pesach. He says the acts took place in around the city of Trento in modern northern Italy, between the 11th and 14th centuries.

Prof Toaff based his book on confessions he says came from Jews captured and tried for the practice. He said several were executed after confessing to the crucifixion of Christian children.

Italy’s senior rabbis, including Elio Toaff, issued a joint statement condemning the book. "There has never existed in Jewish tradition any permission or custom for using human blood for ritual purposes. Such a practice is considered with horror.

"It is absolutely improper to use centuries old statements, extracted under torture, to formulate singular and aberrant historical theses. The only blood shed in these stories is that of many innocent Jews."

Prof Toaff, who teaches mediaeval and Renaissance history at Bar Ilan University in Jerusalem, said the reaction was a "disgrace" as they had not read the book, which has yet to be published.

He emphasised the practice was confined to "a small group of fundamentalists."

He added that attacking the whole of Judaism would be similar to blaming Islam for the acts of extremist Muslims. "They had suffered from the trauma of mass suicides. [sic] It was both a kind of revenge and a way, for them, of seeking redemption."

(Meanwhile, the initial reaction in Israel was fairly positive):

Bar-Ilan prof. defiant on blood libel book 'even if crucified'

By Ofri Ilani, Haaretz (Israeli newspaper) Feb. 12, 2007

The author of a book on the use of blood by Jews in Ashkenazi
communities in the Middle Ages said Sunday, in the face of the furor its
publication aroused, "I will not give up my devotion to the truth and
academic freedom even if the world crucifies me."

In an interview with Haaretz from Rome, Professor Ariel Toaff said he
stood behind the contention of his book, "Pasque di Sangue," just
published in Italy, that there is a factual basis for some of the
medieval blood libels against the Jews. However, he said he was sorry
his arguments had been twisted.

"I tried to show that the Jewish world at that time was also violent,
among other things because it had been hurt by Christian violence," the
Bar-Ilan history professor said. Of course I do not claim that Judaism
condones murder. But within Ashkenazi Judaism there were extremist
groups that could have committed such an act and justified it," he said.

Toaff said he reached his conclusions after coming across testimony from
the trial for the murder of a Christian child, Simon of Trento, in 1475,
which in the past was believed to have been falsified. "I found there
were statements and parts of the testimony that were not part of the
Christian culture of the judges, and they could not have been invented
or added by them. They were components appearing in prayers known from
the [Jewish] prayer book

"Over many dozens of pages I proved the centrality of blood on
Passover," Toaff said. "Based on many sermons, I concluded that blood
was used, especially by Ashkenazi Jews, and that there was a belief in
the special curative powers of children's blood. It turns out that among
the remedies of Ashkenazi Jews were powders made of blood."

Although the use of blood is prohibited by Jewish law, Toaff says he
found proof of rabbinic permission to use blood, even human blood. "The
rabbis permitted it both because the blood was already dried,"
because in Ashkenazi communities it was an accepted custom that took on
the force of law
, Toaff said. There is no proof of acts of murder, Toaff
said, but there were curses and hatred of Christians, and prayers
inciting to cruel vengeance against Christians
. "There was always the
possibility that some crazy person would do something."

Toaff said the use of blood was common in medieval medicine. "In
Germany, it became a real craze. Peddlers of medicines would sell human
blood, the way you have a transfusion today. The Jews were influenced by
this and did the same things.

"In one of the testimonies in the Trento trial, a peddler of sugar and
blood is mentioned, who came to Venice," Toaff says. "I went to the
archives in Venice and found that there had been a man peddling sugar
and blood, which were basic products in pharmacies of the period. A man
named Asher of Trento was also mentioned in the trial, who had
ostensibly come with a bag and sold dried blood. One of the witnesses
said he was tried for alchemy in Venice and arrested there. I took a
team to the archives and found documentation of the man's trial. Thus, I
found that it is not easy to discount all the testimony
," he added.

Toaff, who will be returning to Israel today, said he was very hurt by
accusations that his research plays into the hands of anti-Semitic
incitement. "I am being presented like the new Yigal Amir. But one
shouldn't be afraid to tell the truth." Toaff also said, "unfortunately
my research has become marginal, and only the real or false implications
it might have are being related to. I directed the research at
intelligent people, who know that in the Jewish world there are
different streams.
I believe that academia cannot avoid dealing with
issues that have an emotional impact
. This is the truth, and if I don't
publish it, someone else will find it and publish it."

Still, Toaff says he is sorry he did not explain some of the points in
his book more clearly.

He claims that he has been making the same arguments for a long time.
"After 35 years of research, I have not become a stupid anti-Semite, and
have not published a book to make money."

In any case, Toaff says he believes his findings have current
implications. "Extremists in the past brought disaster on us by false
accusations. I wanted to show that hatred and incitement of this kind
can develop, because there will always be someone who will take
advantage of it."

Meanwhile, Bar-Ilan University announced Sunday that its president,
Professor Moshe Kaveh, will summon Toaff to explain his research. The
university's statement said it strongly objected to what was implied in
media publications regarding Toaff's research, and condemned "any
attempt to justify the terrible blood libels against the Jews." However,
the university also reiterated that Toaff was among the senior lecturers
in his field in Israel and internationally

(Now they "plotz")

Historian gives credence to blood libel

Lisa Palmieri-Billig, THE JERUSALEM POST

Feb. 7, 2007

An Israeli historian of Italian origin has revived "blood libel" in an historical study set to hit Italian bookstores on Thursday. Ariel Toaff, son of Rabbi Elio Toaff, claims that there is some historic truth in the accusation that for centuries provided incentives for pogroms against Jews throughout Europe.

Toaff's tome, Bloody Passovers: The Jews of Europe and Ritual Murders, received high praise from another Italian Jewish historian, Sergio Luzzatto, in an article in the Corriere della Serra daily entitled "Those Bloody Passovers."

Luzzatto describes Toaff's work as a "magnificent book of history...Toaff holds that from 1100 to about 1500...several crucifixions of Christian children really happened, bringing about retaliations against entire Jewish communities - punitive massacres of men, women, children. Neither in Trent in 1475 nor in other areas of Europe in the late Middle Ages were Jews always innocent victims."

"A minority of fundamentalist Ashkenazis...carried out human sacrifices," Luzzatto continued.

Toaff offers as an example the case of Saint Simonino of Trent. In March 1475, shortly after a child's body was found in a canal near the Jewish area of Trent, the city's Jews were accused of murdering Simonino and using his blood to make matzot.

After a medieval trial in which confessions were extracted by torture, 16 members of Trent's Jewish community were hanged.

Toaff reveals that the accusations against the Jews of Trent "might have been true."

Toaff refers to kabbalistic descriptions of the therapeutic uses of blood and asserts that "a black market flourished on both sides of the Alps, with Jewish merchants selling human blood, complete with rabbinic certification of the product - kosher blood."

Dr. Amos Luzzatto, former president of the Union of Italian Jewish Communities said, "I would expect a more serious statement than 'it might have been true.'" He also expressed dismay at the sensationalism with which Corriere della Sera, Italy's leading daily, treated the issue.

"It is totally inappropriate to utilize declarations extorted under torture centuries ago to reconstruct bizarre and devious historical theses," declared 12 of Italy's chief rabbis in a press release refuting Toaff's claims.

"The only blood spilled in these stories was that of so many innocent Jews, massacred on account of unjust and infamous accusations," the statement continued.

The town of Trent, near the Austrian border, commemorated Simonino's "martyrdom" for five centuries, until, in 1965, the Vatican published the Nostra Aetate, which aimed at extirpating anti-Semitsm from Catholic doctrine. The Bishop of Trent signed a decree proclaiming that the blood libel against the city's Jews of that city was unfounded.

Alessandro Martinelli, the Catholic Church's delegate for Interreligious Dialogue in the Diocese of Trent, recalls a well-documented DVD and historical monograph by historian Diego Quaglioni disproving Jewish responsibility for Simonino's death. A plaque the community had erected to mark the tragedy of the Jews who were martyred called for atonement and reconciliation between Catholics and Jews based on adherence to historical truth.

To all this, Dr. Amos Luzzatto comments, "Even if the author should manage to prove that a deviant sect existed for centuries...clearly it could never be identified as a Jewish group, or as part of a Jewish community. This would be comparable to saying that the rabbis who were present at [Iranian President Mahmoud] Ahmadinejad's Holocaust Denial Conference in Teheran represent mainstream Judaism."


"The sources were given in that issue. Nothing was written without the sources being given at the same time. There was reference made to a book written in Greek by a former Rabbi who had been converted to Christianity. There was reference made to a publication of a high clergyman of Milan, a book which has appeared in Germany for the last 50 years. Not even under the democratic government did Jews raise objections to that book. That ritual murder issue refers to court files which are located in Rome, it refers to files which are in Court. There are pictures in it which show. that in 23 cases the Church itself has dealt with this question. The Church has canonlzed 23 non-Jews killed by ritual murder. Pictures of sculptures, that is, of stone monuments were shown as illustrations; everywhere the source was pointed out; even a case in England was mentioned, and one in Kiev, Russia. But in this connection I should like to say, as I said to a Jewish officer here, that we never wanted to assert that all Jewry was ready now to commit ritual murders. But it is a fact that within Jewry there exists a sect which engaged in these murders, and has done so up until the present. I have asked my counsel to submit to the Court a file from Pisek in Czechoslovakia, very recent proceedings. A court of appeal has confirmed a case of ritual murder. Thus, in conclusion I must say ..."

IMT XII 337, 20 April 1946



Note that Jews are now circulating a petition against Toaff which can apparently be signed at

(There are 2 petitions. You have to enter his name in the little window.)
The first petition reads:

"I the undersigned call for the immediate termination of Professor Ariel Toaff from Bar Ilan University and other affiliated institutions. With his actions Mr. Toaff has libelously and callously blackened the name of the Jewish people in he name of naked greed and ambition. It is a shame and disgrace for Bar Ilan University to have a person advancing vicious anti-semitic falsehoods on its faculty. Please terminate him immediately."

These are the people who claim they are against censorship! And they haven't even read the book!

As I say, to me the case remains open, but the constant and rather obsessive emphasis on "blood" and "blood sacrifice" in both Christianity and Judaism make it very probable that Streicher was right.

- C.P.
Feb. 22, 2007

See also:
They Admit It

For what it's worth, 2 CDs about alleged Jewish ritual murder -- along with apparently a rather intelligent discussion of the matter -- can be viewed, I believe, on youtube.
As I say, to me, the matter remains open.

Sample pics:

For more on Blood Passover, see:

Of course, all Christians ever did was cut kid's balls off to sing Ave Maria in the Sistine Chapel for 500 years, that's all right.
To me, all these Jewish-inspired religions are much the same no matter how you "slice" it and nothing would surpise me.

FEB. 24, 2007




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September 18, 2007