The Diary of a Young Girl the Papal Authorities Kidnapped and Tried to Convert

July 8, 2022 | Kenneth Stow
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In 1749, the papal police seized a young Roman Jewish woman named Anna del Monte and held her prisoner for thirteen days, during which she was pressured to convert to Catholicism. The account she wrote of her ordeal is the subject of a new book by Kenneth Stow, one of the foremost authorities on the history of the Catholic Church’s treatment of the Jews. He discusses Anna’s story, and puts it in the broader context of Italian Jewish history, in conversation with Nachi Weinstein. (Audio, 71 minutes.)

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