The Voice of America on Kishineff, Ed. by Cyrus Adler

The Voice of America on Kishineff, Ed. by Cyrus Adler

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The Voice of America on Kishineff, Ed. by Cyrus Adler

The Voice of America on Kishineff, Ed. by Cyrus Adler

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On February 16, 1903, a youth named Michael Ribalenko was murdered at Dubossary, a village in the Government of Kherson, Southwestern Russia, not far from the Bessarabian town of Kishineff. Ribalenko was prospective heir to a fortune. The murderer turned out later to be, not a Jew, but a relative of the victim. He was actuated by the desire to secure a part of the fortune, upon which he had a claim after the lad's death. The corpse was found on February 22. Immediately the rumor arose that the Jews had committed the deed to obtain Christian blood for the Passover bread, and the accusation was kept alive by inflammatory articles in an anti-Semitic paper, The Bessarabetz, published at Kishineff by one Krushevan. This journal occupied a favorable position for shaping and controlling the humors of the populace. Not only was it licensed by the Government, but governmental authorization had for some years been denied every other journalistic venture in the district, although several applications had been made for the avowed purpose of counteracting the anti-Semitic propaganda systematically carried on by Krushevan in his two papers, published at Kishineff and St. Petersburg.

The agitation against the Jews was fomented throughout the month of March and during April, until it culminated, at the Easter holidays, April 19- 21, in a three days' riot directed against the Jews of Kishineff. During this period of agitation, secret so- . . .

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