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The lynching of Leo Frank and the lessons it imparts 100 years on

In the early hours of Aug. 17, 1915, a 31-year-old man took his last breath as the table beneath him was kicked out and the short rope hung from an oak branch snapped his neck.

The man hanging from that tree was an American Jew by the name of Leo Frank. Although Frank was the only Jew in the history of America lynched by a mob, his death had a profound and lasting impact on American Jewry.

Earlier, Leo Frank, a superintendent at a pencil factory in Atlanta, had been sentenced to death on questionable evidence for murdering 13-year-old Mary Phagan in 1913. She had worked at the factory. His trial was a foregone conclusion; Frank had already been convicted in the court of public opinion.

The Northern Jew was the obvious target of the people’s rage. A hate-infused trial ensued, and Frank was portrayed as the insidious Jewish infiltrator, taking what he pleased.

A conviction quickly came, and Frank was sentenced to death.

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Posted by Behind the Aegis | Thu Aug 20, 2015, 12:47 AM (1 replies)

Jews in the 20th Century



This is an hour long program about the Jewish experience in the 20th century. It is about the experience as a world minority.
Posted by Behind the Aegis | Sat Aug 15, 2015, 03:16 AM (0 replies)

The Jewish Americans







These are very long, so it is not a 5 minute blub, it is 6 hours about the history of the Jewish experience in the United States. It seems these videos are severely needed!
Posted by Behind the Aegis | Sat Aug 15, 2015, 03:11 AM (2 replies)
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