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Legacy of Blood: Jews, Pogroms, and Ritual Murder in the Lands of the Soviets

Elissa Bemporad


This book traces the legacies of the two classical and most extreme manifestations of tsarist antisemitism—pogroms and blood libels—in the Soviet Union, from 1917 to the early 1960s. Closely intertwined in history and memory, pogroms and blood libels were and are considered central to the Jewish experience in late Tsarist Russia. But their persistence and memory under the Bolsheviks—a chapter that is largely overlooked by the existing scholarship—significantly shaped the Soviet Jewish experience. By exploring the phenomenon and the memory of pogroms and blood libels in the Soviet territories o ... More

Keywords: Soviet Union, Pogrom, Russian Civil War, antisemitism, Judeo-Bolshevism, blood libel, ritual murder, Holocaust, Doctors’ Plot, communism

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2020 Print ISBN-13: 9780190466459
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: December 2019 DOI:10.1093/oso/9780190466459.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Elissa Bemporad, author
Associate Professor of History and Jerry and William Ungar Professor in Eastern European Jewish History and the Holocaust, Queens College, CUNY