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Jewish man who was burned to death after being convicted of killing boy for blood cleared of wrongdoing

By Mason White 7:06 PM January 21, 2014
The plaque in honor of Raphael Levy 

By: Moses Gold
(Scroll down for video) A Jewish man was cleared of wrongdoing after being burned to death for killing a young boy for blood.

The city of Glatigny paid tribute on Sunday, to Raphael Levy, an innocent Jewish man, 344 years after his death sentence, which was carried out in 1670 in the city of Metz. He was convicted of murdering a boy in the village.

The 56-year-old cattle dealer was found guilty of the kidnapping and murder of 3-year-old Didier Lemoine.

On Sunday, officials stated that the Jewish man was executed for a crime he did not commit, during a public ceremony.

The ceremony was attended by over a hundred people, including descendants of Raphael Levy.

At that time, the city prohibited Jews from staying overnight.

A plaque was affixed in the center of the city, where Raphael Levy was executed.

Raphael Levy was accused of the murder after a woman testified that she saw him in the marketplace at the time the boy vanished.

The boy was found dead a month later. Residents accused Levy of killing the boy in order to use his blood for Jewish rituals.

Raphael Levy was sentenced to death and burned alive January 17, 1670 in Metz.