Berenson to discuss his book 'The Accusation: Blood Libel in an American Town’

The event is a part of the Penn State Harrisburg Center for Holocaust and Jewish Studies Speaker Series
Edward Berenson portrait
Credit: Edward Berenson

MIDDLETOWN, Pa. -- Edward Berenson, professor and chair of the history department at New York University, will present a lecture based on his 2019 book, “The Accusation: Blood Libel in an American Town.” The event will be held via webinar at 7 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 15.

His book is about a rare instance of blood libel in the United States that happened in Massena, New York in 1928 when a child went missing and the local Jews were blamed.  Blood libel is the centuries-old anti-Semitic myth that accused Jews of murdering Christian children for religious rituals (or to use their blood to make Passover matzo).

Berenson is a cultural historian specializing in the history of modern France and its empire, with additional interests in the history of Britain, the British Empire, and the United States.

The event is free and open to the public. Click here to register. For further information, contact Neil Leifert, adjunct professor of Holocaust studies, at [email protected].