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The coffin of Simon Abeles

How a Jewish child became a Christian martyr
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In one of the alcoves in the Tyn cathedral lies a coffin of a ten year old boy that has been there for over two hundred years. It conceals the body of a Jewish boy named Simon Abeles who loved to come listen to the sermons of Jesuit priests and later had himself baptized by them. For this he was most cruelly tortured and finally murdered by his own father

and one of his relatives. When the boy’s body was later dug up from the old Jewish cemetery it was found undisturbed showing no signs of violence. He became celebrated as a Christian martyr who died for his faith and was reburied with great honor. His father committed suicide in his prison cell and his relatives accepted Christ before being executed.


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