The Blood Libel in Modern Eastern Europe
Hosted By: The National Library of Israel (NLI)
What can secret police reports tell us about antisemitism and the persistence of the blood libel in Russia throughout the 20th century?
Join Prof. Elissa Bemporad for a fascinating talk on the blood libel in modern times, the interplay between official and popular antisemitism, and the ever-changing – often ambivalent – relationship between the state and its Jews:
“The Blood Libel in Modern Eastern Europe”
Sunday, October 3rd
8 pm Israel time / 6 pm London time / 1 pm EST
Based on memoirs, the press, and secret police reports from the archives and libraries of Kyiv, Lviv, Vilnius, Jerusalem, Washington D.C., and New York City, the talk will explore the afterlife of one of the most extreme manifestations of tsarist antisemitism— the blood libel—in the Soviet Union, from the Revolution of 1917 to the early 1960s.
By tracing the persistence and permutation of the blood libel in the Soviet Union throughout the interwar period and into the postwar period, the talk sheds new light on the interplay between official and popular antisemitism, as well as on the ever-changing and at times ambivalent relationship between the state and the Jewish minority group in modern times.
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