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

1/5/2024; 59 minutes

Between 1918 and 1921, Ukrainian peasants, townsmen, and soldiers who blamed the Jews for the turmoil of the Russian Revolution murdered over a 100,000 Jews. Aid workers warned that six million Jews were in danger of extermination. Twenty years later, these dire predictions would come true. In his new book "In the Midst of Civilized Europe," acclaimed historian Jeffrey Veidlinger shows for the first time how this wave of genocidal violence created the conditions for the Holocaust.

Veidlinger is Joseph Brodsky Collegiate Professor of History and Judaic Studies at the University of Michigan and the author of multiple prize-winning books, including "The Moscow State Yiddish Theater: Jewish Culture on the Soviet Stage" (2000), "Jewish Public Culture in the Late Russian Empire" (2009), and "In the Shadow of the Shtetl: Small-Town Jewish Life in Soviet Ukraine" (2013). Recorded on 11/16/2023.

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