In the Midst of Civilized Europe
The 1918–1921 Pogroms in Ukraine and the Onset of the Holocaust
Jeffrey Veidlinger
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‘Exhaustive, clearly written, deeply researched’ The Times ‘A meticulous, original and deeply affecting historical account’ Philippe Sands, author of East West Street In riveting prose, In the Midst of Civilized Europe repositions the pogroms as a defining moment of the twentieth century. Between 1918 and 1921, over a hundred thousand Jews were murdered in Ukraine and Poland by peasants, townsmen, and soldiers who blamed the Jews for the turmoil of the Russian Revolution. In hundreds of separate incidents, ordinary people robbed their Jewish neighbours with impunity, burned down their houses, ripped apart their Torah scrolls, sexually assaulted them, and killed them. 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.
ISBN 9781509867479Category Non-fictionSubcategory History
Publisher Pan Macmillan UKImprint PicadorPublished 03/11/2022
Format B FormatBinding PaperbackPage extent 448
Jeffrey Veidlinger is a professor of history and Judaic studies at the... »
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