Jeffrey Veidlinger’s talk will present some of the latest research on the anti-Jewish violence that accompanied the Russian revolution and ensuing Civil War in Ukraine. Veidlinger will analyze the roots of the violence and their origins in anti-Semitic conspiracy theories, and will address how multiple players, from ordinary peasants to right-wing militias, came to believe that massacring innocent Jews would solve their problems. The talk will also discuss the violence of 1919 as a cause of the migration crisis that led to hundreds of thousands of Jews fleeing Russia and Ukraine, and as a factor in the causes of the Holocaust.
Cosponsored by the Davis Center for Russian and Eurasian Studies and the Center for Jewish Studies at Harvard University. The Project on Russian and Eurasian Jewry has been made possible with the generous support of Genesis Philanthropy Group. Additional support for this event provided by the Estelle and Howard Rubin Fund.
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