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Blood Libel in Late Imperial Russia: The Ritual Murder Trial of Mendel…
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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 c©♭l©·bre. 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 tsa. … ( more)
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