Pogrom: Kishinev and the Tilt of History | Steven Zipperstein (Stanford) in conversation with John Efron (UC Berkeley)

Thu, Sep 13, 2018 5:30pm
2121 Allston Way, Berkeley, CA

Free and Open to the Public

Lazar Krestin (Lithuanian/Austrian, 1868-1938), [Birth of] Jewish Resistance, 1905. Oil on canvas, 55.25 x 74.25 in. The Magnes Collection of Jewish Art and Life, Berkeley, Gift of Alan Sternberg

Kishinev's 1903 pogrom was the first instance in which an event in Russian Jewish life 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-US relations and inspired widely contradictory endeavors including the Hagganah, 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? 

The program, centering om Steven Zipperstein’s new book, Pogrom: Kishinnev and the Tilt of History (Liveright/WW Norton, 2018), is presented in conjunction with the exhibition, Pièces de Résistance: Echoes of Judaea Capta from Ancient Coins to Modern Art. The exhibition features prominently a painting by Lazar Krestin, [The Birth of] Jewish Resistance (1905), which depicts an imagined Jewish reaction to the 1903 Kishinev pogrom.


Steven J. Zipperstein is Daniel E. Koshland Professor in Jewish Culture and History at Stanford.

 About Pogrom: Kishinev and the Tilt of History,by Steven J. Zipperstein

"The best single volume treatment of a seminal but under-discussed event in modern history I've read." -Jeffrey Goldberg, The Atlantic

"With extraordinary scholarly energy, Zipperstein uncovers sources in Russian, Yiddish, and English that show not only why this bloody event ignited the Jewish imagination, its sense of embattlement, but also why it had such lasting resonance internationally." -The New Yorker

"Elegant and masterful...A quite remarkable book." -Jack Miles, LA Review of Books


This program was made possible in partnership with the following institutions/thanks to the following donors: Center for Jewish Studies at UC Berkeley

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