March 27

History events
1839 — (12th of Nisan, 5569) 32 Jews living in Meshed, Persia were massacred, and the remaining 100 families were forced to convert to Islam. The Jews became known as Jadid al-Islam or New Moslems thus ending the presence of the Jewish community. They continued to practice their Judaism in secret and fled the city with their families whenever an opportunity for escape presented itself
1901 — (7th of Nisan, 5661) Anti-Jewish riots began in Smyrna, Turkey. The riots were triggered by the reports of the disappearance of a child who was said to have been slaughtered by the Jews for ‘ritual murder.’Though the riots continued for four days, the child was eventually found and paraded through the streets to show he was indeed alive
1942 — (9th of Nisan, 5702) Goebbels described in his diary, Belzec and the cremation of the Jews, «The procedure is pretty barbaric, one not to be described here most definitely. Not much will remain of the Jews. . . fully deserved by them.»
1944 — (3rd of Nisan, 5704) As the Red Army approached Riga, Kovno and Vilna, Germany picked up the pace with actions against the surviving inhabitants of the ghettos. Children everywhere were being seized and driven off to their death. «The Children’s Action» in Kovno resulted in the death of thousands of children under the age of 17. Most of them were shot. In order to spare their children from such horrors, some parents poisoned them. In Lodz, a mother killed her severely handicapped boy with a lead pipe across the head instead of allowing him to meet his fate with the Germans; Forty Jewish policemen were shot by the Gestapo in the Riga Ghetto; Two thousand Jews were murdered in Kaunas Lithuania; One thousand Jews left the Drancy Concentration Camp in France for Auschwitz Concentration Camp
1952 — (1th of Nisan, 5712) The Jerusalem Post reported that The Ministry of Health had announced that every Israeli between the ages of four and 60 would be inoculated against typhoid

1775 — (25th of Adar II, 5535) Rabbi Chaim Ben David Abulafia, author of Nishmat Chaim passed away
1850 — (14th of Nisan, 5610) Wilhelm Beer, German astronomer, died
1949 — (26th of Adar, 5709) Russian born Hebrew poetess Elisheva Bikhowsky passed away
1961 — (10th of Nisan, 5721): Eighty-seven-year-old Moshe Novomeysky the Siberian native and engineer who developed the Palestine Potash Company passed away today