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Published: 28 December 2017

248 Pages


ISBN: 9780190640521

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The Velizh Affair

Blood Libel in a Russian Town

Eugene M. Avrutin

  • The first account of the longest ritual murder investigation in the modern world
  • A new explanation of ritual murder accusations, emphasizing the power of a shared belief in magic and the supernatural in the dissemination of the tale
  • Exploration of one of the most fundamental contradictions of Jewish life in the Russian Empire: that, no matter how widespread ritual murder beliefs may have been, the largest Jewish community in the world continued to feel rooted and secure in its place of residence
  • A well-crafted microhistory of small-town lives and relationships
  • Draws on newly discovered trial records

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