The Beilis Case: Anti-Semitism and Politics in the Reign of Nicholas II

  • Hans Rogger
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The Beilis Case — a charge of ritual murder brought against an obscure Jewish clerk in July 1911 and tried before a Kiev jury in September 1913 — has more than once been called Russia’s Dreyfus Affair).1 As a shorthand summary, the comparison serves well enough. In both instances an innocent nonentity was plucked out of obscurity to become the object of a contest whose larger implications, while they agitated politics and opinion, escaped the victim or left him indifferent. Beyond this, points of difference loom larger than similarities.


Liberal Politician Russian People Ritual Murder Religious Fanaticism Private Investigation 
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