A Jewish factory worker is falsely accused of ritually murdering a Christian boy in Russia in 1911, and his trial becomes an international cause célèbre.
On March 20, 1911, thirteen-year-old Andrei Yushchinsky was found stabbed to death in a cave on the outskirts of Kiev. Four months later, Russian police arrested Mendel Beilis, a thirty-seven-year-old father of five who worked as a clerk in a brick factory nearby, and charged him not only with Andrei’s murder but also with the Jewish ritual murder of a Christian child. Despite the fact that there was no evidence linking him to the crime, that he had a solid alibi, and that his main accuser was a professional criminal who was herself under suspicion for the murder, Beilis was imprisoned for more than two years before being brought to trial. As a handful of Russian officials and journalists diligently searched for the real killer, the rabid anti-Semites known as the Black Hundreds whipped into a frenzy men and women throughout the Russian Empire who firmly believed that this was only the latest example of centuries of Jewish ritual murder of Christian children—the age-old blood libel.
With the full backing of Tsar Nicholas II’s teetering government, the prosecution called an array of “expert witnesses”—pathologists, a theologian, a psychological profiler—whose laughably incompetent testimony horrified liberal Russians and brought to Beilis’s side an array of international supporters who included Thomas Mann, H. G. Wells, Anatole France, Arthur Conan Doyle, the archbishop of Canterbury, and Jane Addams. The jury’s split verdict allowed both sides to claim victory: they agreed with the prosecution’s description of the wounds on the boy’s body—a description that was worded to imply a ritual murder—but they determined that Beilis was not the murderer. After the fall of the Romanovs in 1917, a renewed effort to find Andrei’s killer was not successful; in recent years his grave has become a pilgrimage site for those convinced that the boy was murdered by a Jew so that his blood could be used in making Passover matzo. Visitors today will find it covered with flowers.
(With 24 pages of black-and-white illustrations.)
A Child of Christian Blood: Murder and Conspiracy in Tsarist Russia: The Beilis Blood Libel (English Edition) Kindle电子书
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A Child of Christian Blood2014年5月11日 - 已在美国亚马逊上发表
I read a review of this book in the WSJ and it seemed interesting. The book was very informative and provided a view of Tsarist Russia that was not presented in my exposure to world history. It was difficult at times keeping up with the Russian surnames but well worth the effort. The book presented a fair and detailed picture of anti-Semitism at its worst, and the failure of main stream Jews to stand behind one another publically when it could have made a difference.
great price, positive experience2018年7月10日 - 已在美国亚马逊上发表
Fast delivery, great price, positive experience!
Wish I'd moved this one to the top of the stack2015年2月15日 - 已在美国亚马逊上发表
This is one of the most fascinating books I have read in a long while. Part courtroom drama, part study of late Imperial Russia, the book is well worth reading. Highly recommended.
Five Stars2016年5月9日 - 已在美国亚马逊上发表
This book takes us back to another time and does it magisterially.
Nothing new under the sun2014年7月27日 - 已在美国亚马逊上发表
Old traditions never die. Russian, Polish, and Slavic murderous anti-Semitism was and is a growth industry. It has now infected Western Europe. The more things change, the more it is the same.