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Pogrom: Kishinev and the Tilt of History

Steven J. Zipperstein

Chair: Trudy Gold

10/03/2019 6:30 pm
Kings Place, Hall 2

Steven Zipperstein retells the shattering story of the Kishinev riot of 1903 in late-Tsarist Russia. It dominated the headlines in the western press for weeks, intruded on Russian-American relations and inspired endeavours as widely contradictory as the Hagannah, the precursor to the Israeli army, the National Association for the Advancement of Coloured People, 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? Using newly discovered material from Russia, Moldova, Israel and elsewhere, Zipperstein brings historical insight and clarity to an event that contributed to the transformation of 20th century Jewish life and beyond. 

Sponsored by the Sir Martin Gilbert Learning Centre

Steven J. Zipperstein


  Steven J. Zipperstein is the Daniel E. Koshland Professor in Jewish Culture and History at Stanford University. He is a contributor to The New York Times, The Washington Post and the Jewish Review of Books and co-editor of the “Jewish Lives” series for Yale University Press.  

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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