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The Russian Revolution and the Civil War pogroms

The Russian Revolution and the Civil War pogroms

Prof. Elissa Bemporad

Both the Russian Revolution and the Russian Civil War had far reaching effects, causing radical social and political change and bringing about extreme violence. These did not spare the Jews of the former Russian Empire who found themselves becoming equal citizens in the newly formed societal and political structure, but also targets of vicious pogroms.

What effect did the Civil War pogroms have on the self-association of Jews in the newly formed Communist state? How did this affect the way they were perceived?


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