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Today in Jewish History - April 28 / Iyar 2

1881 April 28, (Easter) KHERSON, ELIZABETHGRAD (Russia)

Minister of the Interior, Ignatyev
Courtesy of Irkutsk.ru
A tavern dispute on blood libels spawned massive outbreaks against the Jews (in which soldiers often joined) in Kiev (May 12) and Odessa (May 15). In all, over a 223 pogroms occurred in Russia over the next two years. Ignatyev, the Minister of the Interior, insisted that the Jews caused the pogroms. General Drenbien refused to endanger his troops "for a few Jews".


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