The Center for Jewish History (CJH) in New York City is holding a virtual talk about a new memoir by author Lisa Brahin, “Tears Over Russia: A Search for Family and the Legacy of Ukraine’s Pogroms.”
Growing up, Brahin recalled hearing her grandmother Channa speak about the terror she endured in Ukraine in the early 20th century. Channa told her granddaughter that Jewish Ukrainian villagers died in attacks by armies and bandit groups, and that she had to flee her own village of Stavische. An American rescuer emerged, a man who journeyed to Ukraine to save his own family and ultimately led a group of almost 80 to safety on a route that included Russia and Romania. Channa’s narrative reflected the terror that Ukrainian Jews lived under from 1917 to 1921, when pogroms killed an estimated 100,000 to 250,000 people.
Brahin’s book represents the author’s quest to validate her grandmother’s account through archival evidence and conversations with those who knew Channa, including family members, former neighbors and childhood friends. Brahin will speak about the book in a conversation with Lauren Gilbert, senior manager for public services at the CJH.+ More... - Less...
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