The First Jewish Holocaust

The following list of events that took place over about 500 years was extracted from Joel Richardson’s book “When a Jew Rules the World” starting on page 135. This book is highly recommend as it contains so much history on how the Jews have been treated over the centuries.

It shines a light on why Jews don’t trust Christians even till this day. They know their history and we don’t to our shame. It could be argued that the first holocaust was actually in AD 70 when Rome destroyed Jerusalem.

AD 1096 – In this year, the First Crusade was launched. This was the first of eight crusades, lasting more than two hundred years. Although the primary goal of the crusades was to liberate Jerusalem from Muslim control, Jews also became a significant secondary target. As the soldiers passed through Europe on the way to the Holy Land, large numbers of Jews in Germany, France, and England were killed, leading some historians to refer to this period as “the first Holocaust.” In the First Crusade, twelve thousand Jews were massacred in the Rhine Valley alone.

AD 1099 – In Jerusalem, the Crusaders forced all of the Jews of the city into a central synagogue and set it on fire. Those who tried to escape were forced back into the burning building.

AD 1121 – Jews were driven out of Flanders, a region now part of Belgium. They were not to return nor to be tolerated until they repented of killing Jesus Christ.

AD 1146 – The Second Crusade began. Radulphe, a French monk, through his preaching and condemnation of the Jews, inspired several massacres in the Rhineland, Cologne, Mainz, Worms, and Speyer. He openly called for the massacre of Jews, stating, “The Jews should be slain as the enemies of the Christian religion.”13 From Germany, Radulphe’s idea of “beginning the Crusades at home” reached France, resulting in Jews being massacred in Carentan, Rameru, Sully, and Bohemia.

AD 1180–1181 – The French king Philip Augustus seized all Jewish property and expelled the Jews from the country. All of their homes became the property of the king.

AD 1189 – At the coronation of King Richard the Lionheart, although Jews were banned from the ceremony, some Jewish leaders arrived to present gifts to the new king. Richard’s courtiers stripped and flogged them. This resulted in a rumor that Richard had ordered all Jews to be killed, resulting in a massacre of Jews throughout London. Many Jews were beaten to death, robbed, and burned alive. Many Jewish homes were burned down, and Jews were forcibly baptized.

AD 1285 – The entire Jewish community of Munich, some 180 individuals, were burned alive due to blood libel.

AD 1259 – A synod of the archdiocese in Mainz, Germany, ordered all Jews within its borders to wear yellow badges.

AD 1285 – The entire Jewish community of Munich, some 180 individuals, were burned alive due to blood libel.

AD 1288–1293 – Most of the Jewish communities in the Kingdom of Naples, the cradle of European Jewish culture at the time, were destroyed. Elsewhere in Italy, Jews were expelled or forced to convert to Christianity.

AD 1290 – On July 18, King Edward I issued commands to the sheriffs of all the English counties, ordering them to forcibly remove all Jews who did not willingly leave England before All Saints’ Day of that year. They were allowed to carry their portable possessions; the remainder became the property of the king. Sixteen thousand Jews were expelled. Many were robbed by the local authorities, and others drowned on their way to France. The Jews did not formally return to England until 1655—nearly four hundred years later.

AD 1298 – Jews were persecuted in Austria, Bavaria, and Franconia. One hundred forty Jewish communities were destroyed, killing more than one hundred thousand Jews over a six-month period.

AD 1306 – One hundred thousand Jews were exiled from France, with only the clothes on their backs.

AD 1337 – Jews in Belgium were wiped out in a series of massacres.

According to the Jewish Encyclopedia:- The Jews of Belgium at this time were, like their brethren all over Europe, persecuted on charges of having desecrated the host, of having killed infants, and of having poisoned wells. The storm that swept over the Jews of Belgium annihilated them; and so completely was the work of destruction done that scarcely a trace of their existence has remained. A series of massacres appears to have taken place during a period of twenty years, which finally culminated in the Brussels massacre of 1370.

AD 1347 – After being blamed for the Black Death, Jews were murdered en masse. In Bavaria, 12,000 were massacred; in the small town of Erfurt, 3,000; near Tours, an immense trench was dug, filled with blazing wood, and 160 Jews were burned alive. In Strausberg 2,000 Jews were burned. In Maintz, 6,000; in Worms, 400.

AD 1394 – Jews were exiled, for the second time, from France.

AD 1431 – The Council of Basel forbade Jews to go to universities, prohibited them from acting as legal agents in contracts that involved Christians, and required that they attend church to hear Christian sermons.

AD 1434 – Jewish men in Augsburg had to sew yellow buttons to their clothes. Across Europe, Jews were forced to wear a long undergarment, an overcoat with a yellow patch, bells, and tall pointed yellow hats with a large button on them.

AD 1478 – Spanish Jews had been heavily persecuted from the fourteenth century. Many had outwardly converted to Christianity. The Spanish Inquisition was set up by the Church in order to detect insincere conversions. Laws were passed that prohibited the descendants of Jews or Muslims from attending university, joining religious orders, holding public office, or entering any of a long list of professions.

AD 1490 – In the middle of winter, all the Jews in the city of Geneva were forced to leave the city and the surrounding region.

AD 1492 – In Spain, Ferdinand and Isabella issued the Edict of Expulsion. It ordered all Jews of whatever age to leave the kingdom by the last day of July (one day before Tisha B’Av). Jews were given the choice of being baptized as Christians or banished from Spain. Estimates of Jews exiled during this time range between 165,000 to as many as 800,000.


AD 1516 – The governor of the Republic of Venice decided that Jews would be permitted to live only in one area of the city. This was the first ghetto in Europe.

The Roman ghetto was later established by Pope Paul IV. Jews were forcibly sent to live there on July 26, 1556. The Roman ghetto consisted of a few narrow, dirty streets, which quickly became thoroughly overcrowded. This section of the city was annually flooded by the Tiber River. Each year the Jews had to go through a humiliating ceremony that included the Jews publicly pleading for the right to continue living there during the ensuing year. After this, they paid an exorbitant tax. This ceremony was observed as late as 1850. The entire degrading event is strikingly similar to the Islamic practice of exacting the jizya (tax) upon Jews and Christians living under Muslim rule known as dhimmis, or subjected peoples. It is truly sad that such purposeful humiliation and degradation was carried out by confessing Christians. Later, the use of the Jewish ghetto was adopted by Adolf Hitler.


The above is just a small list of what the Jewish people have had to deal with and suffer over 2000 years. The book “When a Jew Rules the World” by Joel Richardson is full of historical facts on how the Jewish people have been badly treated and abused by the whole world. Including the pogroms in Russia.

A PDF version of the book can be downloaded from Joel’s website or the app joelstrumpet on iPhone and Android.

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