Peter C. Appelbaum

Of Human Carnage - Odessa 1918-1920

Edited and Translated By Peter C. Appelbaum
Introduction by Dan Hecht

150 pages

ISBN: 9781733892452


A joint Publication of: 
Black Widow Press and Stone Tower Press

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In forty-four vignettes or scenes as if from a documentary film, Avigdor Hameiri provides a vivid account of the pogroms that occurred in Ukraine and Russia between 1918 and 1921, drawing from his experiences during the Civil War in Odessa after the Russian Revolution and the end of the First World War. As a Jewish soldier he faced endemic antisemitism from the Austro-Hungarian officers. The Eastern Front was relatively fluid and even civilians were caught up in the fighting. Ironically, the Russian abuse of the Jewish populations was so brutal that they looked upon the Austro-Hungarians as saviors. Hameiri writes of the violence against Jews at this time that easily surpassed the earlier pogroms of the 1880s and 1903-1906. Caught in the cross-fire of civil war, Jews in Ukraine suffered organized slaughter and carnage from soldiers and civilians of multiple factions.



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