Davis Center: Pogroms, Genocide, and Migration Crises in 1919-1921 Ukraine


Wednesday, November 15, 2017, 4:15pm to 6:00pm


CGIS South, S-050, 1730 Cambridge Street, Cambridge, MA

Jews of Russia/Eastern Europe Seminar


Jeffrey Veidlinger’s talk will present some of the latest research on the anti-Jewish violence that accompanied the Russian revolution and ensuing Civil War in Ukraine. Veidlinger will analyze the roots of the violence and their origins in anti-Semitic conspiracy theories, and will address how multiple players, from ordinary peasants to right-wing militias, came to believe that massacring innocent Jews would solve their problems. The talk will also discuss the violence of 1919 as a cause of the migration crisis that led to hundreds of thousands of Jews fleeing Russia and Ukraine, and as a factor in the causes of the Holocaust.  

Jeffrey Veidlinger is the Joseph Brodsky Collegiate Professor of History and Judaic Studies and Director of the Frankel Center for Judaic Studies at the University of Michigan. He is the author of the award-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).  He is the Editor of Going to the People: Jews and Ethnographic Impulse (2016). Professor Veidlinger is a Vice-President of the Association for Jewish Studies, Associate Chair of the Academic Advisory Council of the Center for Jewish History, and a member of the Academic Committee of the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum.  He is currently working on a book about the pogroms of the Russian Civil War.


Jeffrey Veidlinger, Joseph Brodsky Collegiate Professor of History and Judaic Studies, University of Michigan

Cosponsored by the Davis Center for Russian and Eurasian Studies, the Center for Jewish Studies, and supported by the Estelle and Howard Rubin Fund.

For more information, please call 617-495-4037.