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Pogrom : Kishinev and the tilt of history / Steven J. Zipperstein.
First edition.
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New York ;

London : Liveright Publishing Corporation, a division of W.W. Norton & Company, [2018]
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xx, 261 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm


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So shattering were the aftereffects of Kishinev, the rampagethat broke out in late-Tsarist Russia in April 1903,that one historian remarked that it was "nothing lessthan a prototype for the Holocaust itself." In three days of violence,49 Jews were killed and 600 raped or wounded, whilemore than 1,000 Jewish-owned houses and stores were ransackedand destroyed. Recounted in lurid detail by newspapersthroughout the Western world, and covered sensationallyby America's Hearst press, the pre-Easter attacks seized theimagination of an international public, quickly becoming theprototype for what would become known as a "pogrom," andproviding the impetus for efforts as varied as The Protocols ofthe Elders of Zion and the NAACP. Using new evidence culledfrom Russia, Israel, and Europe, distinguished historian StevenJ. Zipperstein's wide-ranging book brings historical insight andclarity to a much-misunderstood event that would do so muchto transform twentieth-century Jewish life and beyond.

Author Notes

Steven J. Zipperstein is the Daniel E.Koshland Professor in Jewish Culture and History atStanford University. A contributor to the New YorkTimes, the Washington Post, and the Jewish Reviewof Books and coeditor of the "Jewish Lives" seriesfor Yale University Press, he lives in Berkeley, California.

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Library Journal Review

The 1903 Kishinev pogrom was a flashpoint for rhetoric and action around the treatment of Jews in Russia. It brought the idea of a pogrom into public consciousness, making the term shorthand for the terrorization of Jews. Unsurprisingly, the history around such an event, as well-documented as it was, has become muddled, as Zipperstein (Stanford Univ.; Rosenfeld's Lives) demonstrates in this fascinating cultural history. Interconnected essays touch on the region of Bessarabia, the events of the pogrom and how they were reported, and the impact on U.S. culture (the NAACP was formed in response). A centerpiece is that Zipperstein found a trove of documents by Pavel Krushevan (thought to be the author of Protocols of the Elders of Zion) on an apartment shelf that gives previously unknown insight into his anti-Semitism and the relationship between the Protocols and the Kishniev pogrom. VERDICT Thorough and accessible, this book is recommended for anyone with an interest in Jewish history. It will also be useful for readers who wish to learn more about the cultural impact of political events.-Margaret Heller, Loyola Univ. Chicago Libs. © Copyright 2018. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

Table of Contents

Note on Transliteration, Dates, Terms, and Place-namesp. xi
Prefacep. xiii
1 Age of Pogromsp. 1
2 Town and Countrysidep. 27
3 "Squalid Brawl in a Distant City"p. 61
4 Burdens of Truthp. 101
5 Sages of Zion, Pavel Krushevan, and the Shadow of Kishinevp. 145
6 Remains of the Dayp. 185
Acknowledgmentsp. 209
Notesp. 213
Bibliographyp. 233
Indexp. 245