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Blood Libel in Late Imperial Russia

Blood Libel in Late Imperial Russia

The Ritual Murder Trial of Mendel Beilis

by Robert Weinberg

Hardback Publication Date: 20/11/2013

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On Sunday, March 20, 1911, children playing in a cave near Kiev made a gruesome discovery: the blood-soaked body of a partially clad boy. After right-wing groups asserted that the killing was a ritual murder, the police, with no direct evidence, arrested Menachem Mendel Beilis, a 39-year-old Jewish manager at a factory near the site of the crime. Beilis's trial in 1913 quickly became an international cause celebre. The jury ultimately acquitted Beilis but held that the crime had the hallmarks of a ritual murder. Robert Weinberg's account of the Beilis Affair explores the reasons why the tsarist government framed Beilis, shedding light on the excesses of antisemitism in late Imperial Russia. Primary documents culled from the trial transcript, newspaper articles, Beilis's memoirs, and archival sources, many appearing in English for the first time, bring readers face to face with this notorious trial.
ISBN:
9780253010995
9780253010995
Category:
Social & cultural history
Format:
Hardback
Publication Date:
20-11-2013
Language:
English
Publisher:
Indiana University Press
Country of origin:
United States
Pages:
200
Dimensions (mm):
229x152x16mm
Weight:
0.49kg

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