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Lot #    8990
Auction End Date    1/11/2005 1:11:00 PM (mm/dd/yyyy)
Title Information
Title (English)    Inyan Beilis
Title (Hebrew)    ענין בייליס
Author    [Blood Libel] Samuel and Tuvia Barlis
City    Sdei Lavan (Belaya Tserkov)
Publisher    Progress Press of Zev Naskin
Publication Date    1914
Collection Information
Independent Item    This listing is an independent item not part of any collection
Description Information
   Only edition. 168 pp., 165:120 mm., usual light age staining stamps on title. A good copy bound in the original boards, rubbed.
   Hebrew translation of the Russian transcripts of the infamous blood libel trial of Menahem Mendel Beilis (1874–1934). The book has an introduction and then the abridged text of the trial. On March 20, 1911, the mutilated body of Andrei Yushchinsky, a 12-year-old boy, was discovered in a cave on the outskirts of Kiev. A vicious anti-Jewish campaign by the rabidly anti-Semitic Black Hundred resulted in the anti-Semitic minister of justice, I. G. Shcheglovitov, charging Beilis, this despite the fact that there was strong evidence that the crime had been committed by the Cheberiak gang of Kiev.

The case attracted universal attention. Protests and addresses by scientists, public and political leaders, artists, men of letters, clergymen were published in all the civilized countries of Europe and the United States affirming that the blood libel was baseless. The trial of Beilis took place in Kiev from Sept. 25 through Oct. 28, 1913. The chief prosecutor made anti-Jewish statements in his closing address and defended the Cheberiak gang against the charge of Yushchinsky's murder. The primary witnesses against Beilis responded to the presiding judge’s questions, “We know nothing at all,” and that they had been confused by the secret police and made to answer questions they did not comprehend. The jury, composed of simple Russian peasants, after several hours of deliberation unanimously declared Beilis "not guilty."

Paragraph 2    תרגום מקוצר של הסטינוגרמה עם מבוא, [מאת] צבי ברלס ...
   Bet Eiket ע 958; EJ; CD-EPI 0115515
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Listing Classification
19th Century:    Checked
Russia-Poland:    Checked
History:    Checked
First Editions:    Checked
Language:    Hebrew
Manuscript Type
Kind of Judaica