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A Child of Christian Blood

Murder and Conspiracy in Tsarist Russia : the Beilis Blood Libel
Levin, Edmund (Book - 2014 )
A Child of Christian Blood
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On March 20, 1911, a 13-year-old boy was found stabbed to death in a cave on the outskirts of Kiev. Four months later, Russian police arrested Mendel Beilis, a 37-year-old father of five, 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, and that he had a solid alibi, Beilis was imprisoned for more than two years. As a handful of Russian officials and journalists diligently searched for the real killer, the rabid anti-Semites known as the Black Hundreds created a frenzy throughout Russia. The incompetent trial brought Russian liberals to Beilis's side, as well as an array of international supporters. The jury's split verdict allowed both sides to claim victory: they agreed with the prosecution's description of the boy's wounds--a description implying 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.--From publisher description.
Authors: Levin, Edmund
Statement of Responsibility: Edmund Levin
Title: A child of Christian blood
murder and conspiracy in Tsarist Russia : the Beilis blood libel
Edition: First Edition
Characteristics: xxi, 377 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations, map ; 24 cm
Content Type: text
Media Type: unmediated
Carrier Type: volume
Bibliography: Includes bibliographical references (pages 351-358) and index
Contents: "Why should I be afraid?"
"The vendetta of the sons of Jacob"
"A certain Jew Mendel"
"Andrusha, don't scream"
"You are a second Dreyfus"
"Cheberyak knows everything"
"Who is a hero?"
"The worst and most fearful thing"
"Yes, a Jew!"
"We have seen the killer"
"Gentlemen of the jury!"
"The smell of burning, blood, and iron"
Summary: On March 20, 1911, a 13-year-old boy was found stabbed to death in a cave on the outskirts of Kiev. Four months later, Russian police arrested Mendel Beilis, a 37-year-old father of five, 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, and that he had a solid alibi, Beilis was imprisoned for more than two years. As a handful of Russian officials and journalists diligently searched for the real killer, the rabid anti-Semites known as the Black Hundreds created a frenzy throughout Russia. The incompetent trial brought Russian liberals to Beilis's side, as well as an array of international supporters. The jury's split verdict allowed both sides to claim victory: they agreed with the prosecution's description of the boy's wounds--a description implying 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.--From publisher description.
Subject Headings: Blood accusation Russia Christianity and antisemitism Russia Antisemitism Russia Case studies Russia Trials, litigation, etc
Topical Term: Blood accusation
Christianity and antisemitism
Antisemitism
LCCN: 2013019938
ISBN: 9780805242997
0805242996
Branch Call Number: 305.8924 L
Research Call Number: *PZL 14-153
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