Tolstoy Street, No. 23

The great author publicly condemns the pogrom and expresses “horror before these atrocities of the Russian people.” Tolstoy,  Gorky, and Dmitry Nabokov, father of novelist Vladimir Nabokov, all protested the event.

Most of the pogroms that preceded and followed the Kishinev pogrom of 1903 are nameless, except for their location–Kiev, Odessa, etc.–but this one has something of a literary pedigree (even Proust mentions it), and also serves as the historical backdrop to Israel Zangwill’s play, The Melting Pot.

As a literature professor, I’ve little by little accumulated references that make me feel that the pogrom belongs to me.

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