The age of the pogrom

April 13 2015

Syrians and Armenians have been emigrating for the last quarter of a century, [but] during the same period the Jews, whose birthright in Western Asia is as ancient as theirs, have been returning to their native land – not because Ottoman dominion bore less hardly upon them than upon other gifted races, but because nothing could well be worse than the conditions they left behind. For these Jewish immigrants came almost entirely from the Russian Pale, the hearth and hell of modern Jewry. The movement really began after the assassination of Alexander II in 1881, which threw back reform in Russia for thirty-six years. The Jews were the scapegoats of the reaction. New laws deprived them of their last civil rights, pogroms of life itself; they came to Palestine as refugees, and between 1881 and 1914 their numbers there increased from 25,000 to 120,000 souls.

Written between the two Russian revolutions and before the Balfour Declaration. Progroms continued during the Civil War of 1917-22.

Turkey, A Past and a Future, Hodder & Stoughton, 1917

One Response to “The age of the pogrom”

  1. davidderrick Says:

    Autocratic nations always antagonise nihilists: Alexander I, Nicholas I, Alexander II, Alexander III, Nicholas II. 1801-1917.


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