The First Crusade and Jewish Martyrdom
A Hilldale Lecture
Thursday, October 3, 2019
Conrad A. Elvehjem Building, 800 University Ave.
The lecture sketches out the background to the call for the First Crusade, narrates a few of the major events as context for the main story of the lecture, and then concentrates on what has been and can be learned from the Hebrew and Latin sources for the Jews’ responses. It concludes by raising the question of the appropriateness of the language of trauma to categorize the European phase of the crusade and its impact on the continent’s Jews.