Kishinev’s 1903 pogrom was the first instance in Russian Jewish life where an event received international attention. The riot, leaving 49 dead in an obscure border town, dominated headlines in the western world for weeks. It intruded on Russian-American relations and inspired endeavors as widely contradictory as the Hagannah, the precursor to the Israeli army, the NAACP, and the first version of “The Protocols of the Elders of Zion.” How did this incident come to define so much, and for so long?

About the Speaker: Steven J. Zipperstein is Daniel E Koshland Professor in Jewish Culture and History at Stanford and the author and editor of nine books. He is currently at work on a biographical study of Philip Roth for Yale’s Jewish Lives series.

Moderator: Sarah Abrevaya Stein (UCLA)

Sponsored by the
UCLA Alan D. Leve Center for Jewish Studies

Cosponsored by the
UCLA Department of History
UCLA Department of Germanic Languages
UCLA Center for European and Russian Studies