Medieval propaganda

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A number of lies were told about the Jews. As the Jews were separated from the other people in their town, distrust grew. The most dangerous lie was the ‘blood libel’. This led to false accusations and massacres.

From 1348 to 1354 the Black Death, a plague spread by rats, killed a third of Europe’s population. The confusion and death rate led to panic and a need to find someone to blame. The hatred that already existed against Jewish communities caused them to be blamed. This led to attacks and expulsions.