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The American Reaction to the Mortara Case: 1858-1859

Korn, Bertram Wallace

Published by The American Jewish Archives, Cincinnati, 1957
Condition: Good Hardcover

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Octavo. XI, [1], 196pp. Original red cloth with gold lettering on spine. Frontispiece. Printer's device on title page. Captivating work on the Mortara case, a case of forcible abduction in which a child named Edgar Mortara was violently removed from the custody of his parents by papal guards in Bologna on June 23, 1858. The details of the case, which created a sensation in both Europe and America, are not fully known because the matter was never brought before an impartial court of justice. The Jewish congregations of Sardinia invoked the aid of their government, a great number of German rabbis headed by Ludwig Philippson sent a petition to the pope, English Jews held a mass-meeting, and Sir Moses Montefiore went to Rome to petition the pope for the release of the child. Catholic sovereigns, such as Francis Joseph of Austria and Napoleon III. of France, wrote personal letters to the pope, advising him not to defy the public opinion of Europe. William, at that time Prince Regent of Prussia and later Emperor of Germany, replied to a Jewish society that he was much in sympathy with its demand, but that he could not intercede in the case because as a Protestant his intercession would be misinterpreted. All was without avail; Montefiore was not received in audience; and the petition of the German rabbis was not answered. This case certainly gave the strongest impetus to the formation of the Alliance Israélite Universelle. It is worthy of notice that there was some discord in the almost universal indignation which this outrage had produced among the Jews. Ignatz Deutsch, court banker at Vienna, wrote a circular to Orthodox rabbis requesting them not to join the movement of protest in the Mortara case, and also to the Austrian minister of education, Count von Thun, declaring that this movement was supported by the "Neologen," who used it for political purposes as henchmen of the demagogues (Israel Levi Kohn, "Zur Gesch. der Jüdischen Tartüffe," pp. 42 et seq., Leipsic, 1864). Book block partly split. Minor age toning along paper margin. Binding and interior in overall good to good+ condition. Bookseller Inventory # 31106

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Title: The American Reaction to the Mortara Case: ...

Publisher: The American Jewish Archives, Cincinnati

Publication Date: 1957

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition:Good

Edition: First edition.

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