Anti-Semitism, Lies, Child Drowning, Fraud and State Sponsored Murder at Jew's Court

by Jarvo J January. 27, 2013 4851 views

When I took this picture, I had no idea of the history of this place. To me it was just a quaint little street that looked picturesque with it's dusting of snow.

I was going to post it under the title Steep Hill, which is the imaginative name this street is known by. It wasn't until doing a last minute bit of post production, that I noticed that the book shop was called Jew's Court. I thought that this was odd and worried in case there were any racist overtones to it's name (not that this would be allowed - I'm sure). I did a quick bit of internet research and found that this is a place with a grim, macabre but ultimately fascinating history to it: []

I am very pleased to report that on my visit I witnessed no signs of anti-semitism. Everyone on the hill seemed more concerned with avoiding a slip on the ice rather than perpetuating some horrible history.

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Stormfish 8 years, 2 months ago

i very much like this blog entry... you produce something with it that is haunting me all the time; that dissonance between outer beauty and calmness and known facts or history of a place. there is so many examples i have for this that i don't even see it as something special anymore... it just seems to be normality that with time, all the atrocities of a spoiled place get forgotten and vanish into the calm and beauty of the scene. if i were a christian, i'd probably say that's soothing... but i instead just mourn that the atrocities had happened in the first place.

if you ever get to it, visit the jewish museum in berlin. it's exhibition makes you see the world with different eyes.

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Eiram Marie 8 years, 2 months ago

This is a beautiful place...very sad story behind it.

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Mikkal Noptek 8 years, 2 months ago

Great post !!

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Helen Hooker 8 years, 2 months ago

I've walked down and struggled back up Steep Hill a couple of times in the last and had no idea about its unusual history. Thanks for taking the trouble to research it and share the info here.

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Ann Garratty 8 years, 2 months ago

It looks like a beautiful place, who would have thought it could have such a dark history behind it. I don't think I would want to be walking or driving on that steep hill with all that ice though!

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Jacki 8 years, 2 months ago

Nice!! What a beautiful hill... is that a church in the background at the top?

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Michał Moskal 8 years, 2 months ago

Great shot !

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Dan Ravasio 8 years, 2 months ago

Fantastic perspective in this shot Jon. This is a new piece of history for me, Jon. Thanks for posting it. I have always been very interested in the shameless persecution of Jews by cowards over time. There is no well deep enough to throw that cowardly scum into.

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Paul 8 years, 2 months ago

Like the history and the shot.

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Marilyn Grimble 8 years, 2 months ago

A very interesting, but macarbre history ... looks more like a Hovis advert to me!

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Stefan Fletcher 8 years, 2 months ago

Growing up very near Jews Walk in Lewisham, SE26, I'm also happy that your place and mine are historical references only. With that said, I wish there were "Christians Walk", "Hindu walk" and even "Seventh Day Adventist Walk" although the last one would make a difficult street sign. And while we're at it, why aren't there any Atheists Walks?

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Chossid 8 years, 2 months ago

Nice photo, and thoughtful of you to check that there wasn't anything racist..... Blood libels - pure antisemitism - have been around since time immemorial. As mentioned in the link, Jews are forbidden to eat ANY blood; even the teeniest speck renders a dish unusable. And the ONLY ingredients allowed in matzah are flour which has been guarded against becoming wet and pure spring water.

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Sandra Vermeulen 8 years, 2 months ago

Stepping upwards along this sidewalk will keep a human body warm ...
Nice sight with, as cherry on the cake, a castle on the hilltop.

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Gillian Parsons 8 years, 2 months ago

Strange places that look so attractive.....................

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