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The Pogroms in Ukraine, 1918-19: Prelude to the Holocaust

The Pogroms in Ukraine, 1918-19: Prelude to the Holocaust By Nokhem Shtif, translated and annotated by Maurice Wolfthal
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Between 1918 and 1921 an estimated 100,000 Jewish people were killed, maimed or tortured in pogroms in Ukraine. Hundreds of Jewish communities were burned to the ground and hundreds of thousands of people were left homeless and destitute, including orphaned children. A number of groups were responsible for these brutal attacks, including the Volunteer Army, a faction of the Russian White Army.

The Pogroms in Ukraine, 1918-19: Prelude to the Holocaust is a vivid and horrifying account of the atrocities committed by the Volunteer Army, written by Nokhem Shtif, an eminent Yiddish linguist and social activist who joined the relief efforts on behalf of the pogrom survivors in Kiev. Shtif’s testimony, published in 1923, was born from his encounters there and from the weighty archive of documentation amassed by the relief workers. This was one of the earliest efforts to systematically record human rights atrocities on a mass scale.

Originally written in Yiddish and here skillfully translated and introduced by Maurice Wolfthal, The Pogroms in Ukraine, 1918-19 brings to light a terrible and historically neglected series of persecutions that foreshadowed the Holocaust by twenty years. It is essential reading for academics and students in the fields of human rights, Jewish studies, Russian and Soviet studies, and Ukraine studies.

The Pogroms in Ukraine, 1918-19: Prelude to the Holocaust
By Nokhem Shtif, translated and annotated, with an introduction by Maurice Wolfthal | June 2019
118 pp. | 3 B&W illustrations | 6.14" x 9.21" (234 x 156 mm)
ISBN Paperback: 9781783747443
ISBN Hardback: 9781783747450
ISBN Digital (PDF): 9781783747467
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DOI: 10.11647/OBP.0176
BIC subject codes: HBLW (20th century history), HBTZ (Genocide and ethnic cleansing), JFSR1 (Jewish studies); BISAC: HIS022000 (HISTORY / Jewish), HIS010010 (HISTORY / Europe / Eastern), HIS037070 (HISTORY / Modern / 20th Century); OCLC Number: 1117876505.

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The Pogroms in Ukraine: The Period of the Volunteer Army
Nokhem Shtif


  1. The Situation of the Jews in Ukraine before the Arrival of Denikin’s Volunteer Army
  2. Before the Pogroms and During the Pogroms
  3. The Volunteer Army’s Own Style of Pogrom
  4. The Causes of the Pogroms. Pogroms as Part of the Military and Political Program. The Connection to the High Command.

List of Jewish Communities that Were Destroyed

Maurice Wolfthal has translated from the Yiddish: Yitzhak Erlichson’s Mayne fir yor in sovyet-rusland [My Four Years in Soviet Russia] (Academic Studies Press, 2013); excerpts from Nokhem Shtif’s Pogromen in ukrayne: di tsayt fun der frayviliger armey [The Pogroms in Ukraine: the Period of the Volunteer Army] in Ingeveb.org: a Journal of Yiddish Studies, September 2016; and excerpts from Nokhem Shtif’s Yidn un yidish [The Jews and Yiddish] in Ingeveb.org: a Journal of Yiddish Studies, October 2015. His translation of Shmerke Kaczerginski’s Khurbn vilne [The Destruction of the Jewish Community in Vilna] is forthcoming with Wayne State University Press. Maurice Wolfthal has also written the award-winning translation of Bernard Weinstein’s The Jewish Unions in America, also published by Open Book Publishers.