Mothers martyred for having their sons circumcised
King Antiochos IV Epiphanes of Syria sought to force the Jew to assimilate into Greek ways and persecuted faithful Jews. Mothers, along with their children, families, and those who assisted them, were executed for having their children circumcised.
In keeping with the decree, they put to death women who had their children circumcised, and they hung their babies from their necks; their families also and those who had circumcised them were killed.— 1 Maccabees 1:60–1:61 (NABRE)
Thus, two women who were arrested for having circumcised their children were publicly paraded about the city with their babies hanging at their breasts and then thrown down from the top of the city wall.— 2 Maccabees 6:11 (NABRE)
When, by means of his decrees, he had not been able in any way to put an end to the people’s observance of the law, but saw that all his threats and punishments were being disregarded—even to the extent that women, because they had circumcised their sons, were thrown headlong from heights along with their infants, though they had known beforehand that they would suffer this[.]— 4 Maccabees 4:24–4:25 (NRSV)