A Child of Christian Blood

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The Museum of Tolerance and McNally Jackson invite you to

A Child of Christian Blood

Murder and Conspiracy in Tsarist Russia:
The Beilis Blood Libel

Wednesday, March 5, 2014 at 7:00pm

Book launch and discussion with author Edmund Levin and Jay Beilis, Grandson of Mendel Beilis

A Jewish factory worker is falsely accused of ritually murdering a Christian boy in Russia in 1911, and his trial becomes an international cause célèbre. On March 20, 1911, thirteen-year-old Andrei Yushchinsky was found stabbed to death in a cave on the outskirts of Kiev. Four months later, Russian police arrested Mendel Beilis, a thirty-seven-year-old father of five who worked as a clerk in a brick factory nearby, and charged him not only with Andrei’s murder but also with the Jewish ritual murder of a Christian child. Despite the fact that there was no evidence linking him to the crime, Beilis was imprisoned for more than two years before being brought to trial, to be found not guilty. As a handful of Russian officials and journalists diligently searched for the real killer The Beilis case formed the basis for Bernard Malamud’s Pulitzer Prize-winning novel The Fixer, and for the Academy Award-nominated film of the same name.

Edmund Levin is a Writers Guild and Emmy award–winning writer/producer for "Good Morning America". His writing has appeared in The New York Times, The Washington Post, The Wall Street Journal, The New Republic, The Atlantic and Slate, among other periodicals, and was included in The Best of Slate: A 10th Anniversary Anthology.

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For more information contact Melissa Hooper via email or call (212) 697-1180 ext. 102


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