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Coffins containing bodies of Jews killed in the Kielce pogrom

Coffins containing bodies of Jews killed in the Kielce pogrom. Poland, July 6, 1946.

The mass violence of the Kielce pogrom drew on an entrenched local history of antisemitism–especially false allegations accusing Jews of using the blood of Christian children for ritual purposes (a charge known as a “blood libel”)–with the intent of discouraging the return of Jewish Holocaust survivors to Poland.


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Coffins containing bodies of Jews killed in the Kielce pogrom. [LCID: 63688b]