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Antisemitism & the Russian Revolution

Brendan McGeever

01/03/2021 8:30 pm
Virtual Event, Available on KPlayer

When the Bolsheviks came to power in 1917, they announced the overthrow of a world scarred by exploitation and domination, but these sentiments were put to the test as antisemitic pogroms swept the former Pale of Settlement. Brendan McGeever offers the first book-length analysis in The Bolsheviks and Antisemitism in the Russian Revolution, revealing the campaign to have been led not, as often assumed, by party leadership but by a loosely connected group of radicals who mobilised around a Jewish political subjectivity. He will be in conversation with historian and educator Trudy Gold.

In Memory of Jerry Gotel

In Association with the Rabin Chair Forum, George Washington University

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Brendan McGeever


Dr Brendan McGeever is Lecturer in the Sociology of Racialization and Antisemitism at Birkbeck, University of London and is a Research Associate at the Pears Institute for the Study of Antisemitism, which is based at Birkbeck. His research examines antisemitism and other racisms, past and present. He is the author of Antisemitism and the Russian Revolution which is winner of the 2020 Reginald Zelnik Book Prize for History, and was given ‘Honourable Mention’ for the W. Bruce Lincoln Prize. He is a 2019 BBC ‘New Generation Thinker’.

Trudy Gold


Trudy Gold is the former C.E.O of the London Jewish Cultural Centre, and one of the founder members of the British delegation to the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance. She has taught Modern Jewish History in schools and universities and for adult groups throughout the World. She has coordinated teacher training in Jewish History and Holocaust Studies in Eastern Europe and latterly in China. She is the author of The Timechart History of Jewish Civilisation and the student resources “Understanding the Holocaust” and the digital resource “Lessons of the Holocaust.”

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