Pogroms, Genocide, and Migration Crises in 1919-1921 Ukraine

Wednesday, November 15, 2017 - 4:15pm to 6:00pm

CGIS South Building, 1730 Cambridge Street, S050

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. 

Jeffrey Veidlinger is the Joseph Brodsky Collegiate Professor of History and Judaic Studies and Director of the Frankel Center for Judaic Studies at the University of Michigan. He is the author of the award-winning books including The Moscow State Yiddish Theater: Jewish Culture on the Soviet Stage  (2000), Jewish Public Culture in the Late Russian Empire (2009), and In the Shadow of the Shtetl: Small-Town Jewish Life in Soviet Ukraine (2013).  He is the Editor of Going to the People: Jews and Ethnographic Impulse (2016). Professor Veidlinger is a Vice-President of the Association for Jewish Studies, Associate Chair of the Academic Advisory Council of the Center for Jewish History, and a member of the Academic Committee of the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum.  He is currently working on a book about the pogroms of the Russian Civil War.

Irina Astashkevich, a Visiting Research Associate of the Tauber Institute for the Study of East European Jewry at Brandeis University, holds a PhD from Brandeis University. Her dissertation is titled “Pogroms in Ukraine 1917-1920: An Alternate Universe.” Astashkevich received her MA in History, Jewish History and Archives from the Project Judaica—a joint project of the Russian State University of Humanities, Historical Archival Institute, Jewish Theological Seminary of America, and the YIVO Institute of Jewish Research in New York. She has worked in various archives in Russia, Lithuania, and the US, as well as in Jewish philanthropic organizations, such as the American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee in Moscow.


Jeffrey Veidlinger, Joseph Brodsky Collegiate Professor of History and Judaic Studies, University of Michigan
Irina Astashkevich, Visiting Research Associate of the Tauber Institute for the Study of East European Jewry, Brandeis University
Moderator: Maxim D. Shrayer, Professor of Russian, English, and Jewish Studies, Boston College; Director, Project on Russian and Eurasian Jewry; Center Associate, Davis Center

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.

For more information, please call 617-495-4037.