Abeles, Simon

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ABELES, SIMON (Simele ; 1682–1694), alleged Christian martyr. The Jesuit chronicler John Eder relates that Simon, who was born into a Prague Jewish family, wanted to embrace Christianity at the age of 12. His father Lazar, a glover, was accused of having murdered him. During the investigation Lazar allegedly hanged himself in prison, and a fellow Jew, Loebel Kurtzhandel, was executed as his accomplice. Simon, although not baptized, was buried with honors in the Týn (Thein) church where his grave may still be seen.


Processus inquisitorius … Abeles (1728); R.A. Novotńy, Staropražské sensace (1937), 13–15; Polák, in: Ceskožidovský kalendář (1912/13).