In the Midst of Civilized Europe: The Pogroms of 1918-1921 and the Onset of the Holocaust

Date: 01-31-2022

Time: 07:30 PM

Location: Webinar - Register at:

Please join us for a captivating talk with Dr. Jeffrey Veidlinger, Brodsky Collegiate Professor of History and Judaic Studies and Director of the Frankel Center for Judaic Studies at the University of Michigan.

Between 1918 and 1921, over a hundred thousand Jews were murdered in the Ukraine by peasant, townsmen, and soldiers who blamed the Jews for the turmoil of the Russian Revolution. Largely forgotten today, these pogroms - ethnic riots-dominated headlines and international affairs in their time. Aid workers warned that six million Jews were in danger of complete extermination. Twenty years later, these dire predictions would come true.

Drawing upon long-neglected archival materials, including thousands of newly discovered witness testimonies, trial records, and official orders, acclaimed historian Jeffrey Veidlinger shows for the first time how this wave of genocidal violence created the conditions for the Holocaust. Through stories of survivors, perpetrators, aid workers, and governmental officials, he explains how so many different groups of people came to the same conclusion: that killing Jews was an acceptable response to their various problems.

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