May 1, 2018

Pogrom: Kishinev and the Tilt of History by Steven J. Zipperstein

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Pogrom: Kishinev and the Tilt of History by Steven J. Zipperstein

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So shattering were the aftereffects of Kishinev, the rampage
that broke out in late-Tsarist Russia in April 1903,
that one historian remarked that it was “nothing less
than a prototype for the Holocaust itself.” In three days of violence,
49 Jews were killed and 600 raped or wounded, while
more than 1,000 Jewish-owned houses and stores were ransacked
and destroyed. Recounted in lurid detail by newspapers
throughout the Western world, and covered sensationally
by America’s Hearst press, the pre-Easter attacks seized the
imagination of an international public, quickly becoming the
prototype for what would become known as a “pogrom,” and
providing the impetus for efforts as varied as The Protocols of
the Elders of Zion and the NAACP. Using new evidence culled
from Russia, Israel, and Europe, distinguished historian Steven
J. Zipperstein’s wide-ranging book brings historical insight and
clarity to a much-misunderstood event that would do so much
to transform twentieth-century Jewish life and beyond.

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