By Robert Weinberg

On Sunday, March 20, 1911, teenagers taking part in in a cave close to Kiev made a grotesque discovery: the blood-soaked physique of clad boy. After right-wing teams asserted that the killing was once a ritual homicide, the police, with out direct facts, arrested Menachem Mendel Beilis, a 39-year-old Jewish supervisor at a manufacturing unit close to the location of the crime. Beilis's trial in 1913 quick grew to become a global reason célèbre. The jury eventually acquitted Beilis yet held that the crime had the hallmarks of a ritual homicide. Robert Weinberg's account of the Beilis Affair explores the explanations why the tsarist executive framed Beilis, laying off mild at the excesses of antisemitism in past due Imperial Russia. basic files culled from the trial transcript, newspaper articles, Beilis's memoirs, and archival assets, many showing in English for the 1st time, carry readers nose to nose with this infamous trial.

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