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January 21, 2014 1:24 pm

French Jew, Wrongfully Convicted of Blood Libel, Cleared After 344 Years

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An ancient illustration of a Jewish blood ritual. Photo: Wikipedia.

JTA – Nearly 350 years after his wrongful execution, a French Jew who had been convicted of a blood libel was exonerated and declared a martyr.

The village of Glatigny in the eastern district of Moselle set the record straight Sunday on the wrongful conviction of Raphael Levy in 1670 for murder. Levy, a simple merchant, was found guilty and burned at the stake for the alleged killing of three-year-old Didier Lemoine for ritual purposes, Le Figaro reported Sunday.

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