Kidnapping of Edgardo Mortara - Preface

Kidnapping of Edgardo Mortara (Illustration) Civil Rights Nineteenth Century Life World History Law and Politics

Photograph of Edgardo Mortara, pictured on the right, together with his mother and possibly (uncertain) his brother.  Image online, courtesy Wikipedia Commons.


I'm just following
the Inquisitor's

Marshall Lucidi 
Explaining why he was removing Edgardo Mortara from his parents' home  ** 
June 23, 1858

Kidnapping is a crime. Period. Parents take great comfort in that truth.
But suppose a place exists where kidnapping is not a crime under certain circumstances. Try to imagine what life in such a country would be like. Think about the terrible effects of such "legal" actions.


**  Quoted by David I. Kertzer in The Kidnapping of Edgardo Mortara, at page 5.

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Original Release: Jul 01, 2001

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