Episode 42: Elissa Bemporad on pogroms and blood libels

Legacy of Blood book coverElissa Bemporad is associate professor of history at Queens College and the Graduate Center, where she specializes in Russian and Eastern European Jewish history, gender, and genocide studies. In her newest book, Legacy of Blood: Jews, Pogroms, and Ritual Murder in the Lands of the Soviets (Oxford University Press, 2019), she explores two extreme manifestations of tsarist antisemitism in the Soviet Union from 1917 to the early 1960s. The Jewish Book Council selected Legacy of Blood for a 2019 National Jewish Book Award in the category of Modern Jewish Thought and Experience. Elissa previously won a National Jewish Book Award for her 2013 book, Becoming Soviet Jews: The Bolshevik Experiment in Minsk. She is interviewed in this episode by our friend and colleague, CUNY SUM editor Beth Harpaz.

Many thanks to the folks at CUNY TV for recording this episode.

Read about Legacy of Blood in Graduate Center news and via CUNY SUM.

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