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Antisemitic expressions in the early 20th century

Antisemitic expressions in the early 20th century

Prof. Elissa Bemporad

The pogroms of the late 19th century continued into the early 20th century, and Jews were increasingly seen as a destabilizing, conspiratorial, and anti-Russian force in this time period. One of the major antisemitic events which took place in the Russian Empire at the time was a blood-libel case known as the Beilis Affair.

What can the Beilies Affair teach us about antisemitism in late Imperial Russia on both the governmental and grassroots level?


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  • Leikin, Ezekiel, ed. and trans., The Beilis Transcripts: The Anti-Semitic Trial That Shook the World (Northvale, N.J.: Jason Aronson, 1993).

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