Spartan Actual wrote:Kurt,
As a descendant of Jews who fled the inquisition for (then) Ottoman controlled Rhodes, I have to ask where your stats come from? The fewest executions I've found from a credible (non-revisionist) source is 2,250.
Beats me. I wrote it 1 1/2 years ago.
My main point with it was that The Spanish Inquisition, though bad, was not as bad as the Anabaptist and Peasant Revolt in Germany. So I tend to think the focus on the Spanish Inquisition is really old-school Protestant propaganda that was then adopted by other groups as it suited them (like Gays vs. the Catholic church).
The Peasant Revolt and the 30 years war was certainly worse for Jews than the Inquisition as the Jews in the Low German speaking areas were Shtleled and Ghettoised if they were not slaughtered (not given a chance to flee like the more enlightened bigots of Spain and Medieval England demanded).
To get an idea how many died in an era where no one cared about counting casualties remember that the two people's most affected by Tays Sachs Syndrome are Yiddish speaking ultra religious Jews and Low-German speaking ultra Religious Amish people. Both groups self isolated and both groups descended from people killed by both Catholic and Protestant armies.