By Cathy Forman, October 22, 2009
The unveiling of a plaque at Lincoln Cathedral commemorates the blood libel of 1255, when 18 Lincoln Jews were hanged having been falsely accused of the ritual murder of a local boy.
Kaddish for the hanged Jews was also recited at a service at the shrine of Little Hugh, who was venerated as a saint. The wording on the plaque records that when the boy’s tomb was opened in 1791, the body bore no signs of mutilation.
The 200 people at the service were addressed by Liberal Judaism chief executive Rabbi Danny Rich on “A Jewish view of Jesus”.