1915 Leo Frank, lynched in southern USA, home of the KKK and other racist and antisemitic fringe groups. Falsely accused of rape, convicted and sentenced to death, then having the sentence commuted to life, Leo was lynched by a rabidly antisemitic crowd. The image of Leo, hanging from a tree, is still prized today by the townsfolk responsible.
Known as the Tower of Faces this three-story tower displays photographs from the Yaffa Eliach Shtetl Collection. Taken between 1890 and 1941 in Eishishok, a small town in what is now Lithuania, they describe a vibrant Jewish community that existed for 900 years. In 1941, an SS mobile killing squad entered the village and within two days massacred the entire Jewish population.
1391 Seville, Spain. Archbishop Martinez lead the killing of 4,000 Jews. 25,000 Jews were sold as slaves. Their identification was made easy by the brightly colored "badges of shame" that all Jews above the age of ten had been forced to wear. 600 years later Hitler would enforce the same ruling.
Pope Pius X: "In 1904 Theodor Herzl requested Pope Pius X's support for Zionism and the return of the Jewish people to their homeland. In response, the Pope said: 'I cannot support you, as you have rejected Jesus. If you go to the Holy Land, I will gladly open our church doors so the priests can baptize you as Christians.'
John Calvin. A prominent and influential 16th century Protestant leader who wrote a book called "A Response To Questions and Objections of a Certain Jew". Excerpts include: "Their [the Jews] rotten and unbending stiffneckedness deserves that they be oppressed unendingly and without measure or end and that they die in their misery without the pity of anyone."
1298, Germany. Over 100,000 Jews were massacred in Southern and Central Germany. The attacks were led by a Knight named Rindfleisch who pledged to exterminate "the accursed race of the Jews" upon hearing of alleged 'host desecration', an antisemitic canard whereby Jews allegedly insult the Christian Eucharist. The entire ancient Jewish community of Würzburg was wiped out.