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Michael was a boy in the Bavarian village of Hietingen who was allegedly killed by Jews. Jews were often falsely accused of secretely killing Christians as a form of ritual murder. This anti-Semitic accusation is commonly called blood accusation or blood libel, because anti-Semites believed that Christian blood was used in Jewish religious rituals.
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Sadeler, Raphael, approximately 1560-approximately 1632: [Michael, a martyred boy, 1540], Leo Baeck Institute Art and Objects Collection, 78.71a.
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