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Cagot - Wikipedia
"The Cagots were not an ethnic group, nor a religious group. They spoke the same language as the people in an area and generally kept the same religion as well. Their only distinguishing feature was their descent from families identified as Cagots. Few consistent reasons were given as to why they should be hated; accusations varied from Cagots being cretins, lepers, heretics, cannibals, to simply being intrinsically evil. The Cagots did have a culture of their own, but very little of it was written down or preserved; as a result, almost everything that is known about them relates to their persecution. Their cruel treatment lasted through the Middle Ages, Renaissance, and Industrial Revolution, with the prejudice fading only in the 19th and 20th centuries."
history  europe  bigotry  wikipedia  via-mastodon  france  religion  middle-ages  spain 
january 2018 by brennen
Madagascar Plan - Wikipedia
"The Madagascar Plan was a proposal by the Nazi German government to relocate the Jewish population of Europe to the island of Madagascar. Franz Rademacher, head of the Jewish Department of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs for the German government, proposed the idea in June 1940, shortly before the Fall of France. The proposal called for the handing over of control of Madagascar, then a French colony, to Germany as part of the French surrender terms."
anti-semitism  nazism  europe  madagascar  france  germany  holocaust 
february 2017 by brennen
Fuggerei - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
"The Fuggerei is the world's oldest social housing complex still in use."
charity  catholicism  bavaria  europe  germany  history  1516 
august 2016 by brennen

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