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Author Stanislawski, Michael, 1952- author

Title A murder in Lemberg : politics, religion, and violence in modern Jewish history / Michael Stanislawski
Published Princeton : Princeton University Press, [2007]
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Description 1 online resource : illustrations, map
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Contents Galicia and its Jews, 1772-1848 -- Lemberg and its Jews, 1772-1848 -- A Reform rabbi in Eastern Europe -- Rabbi Abraham Kohn in Lemberg, 1843-1848 -- Revolution and murder -- Abraham Ber Pilpel, murderer? -- The indicted co-conspirators -- Magdalena Kohn v. the Austrian Empire
Summary "How could a Jew kill a Jew for religious and political reasons? Many people asked this question after an Orthodox Jew assassinated Israeli Prime Minister Itshak Rabin in 1995. But historian Michael Stanislawksi couldn't forget it, and he decided to find out everything he could about an obscure and much earlier event that was uncannily similar to Rabin's murder: the 1848 killing - by an Orthodox Jew - of the Reform rabbi of Lemberg (now L'viv, Ukraine). Eventually, Stanislawski concluded that this was the first murder of a Jewish leader by a Jew since antiquity, a prelude to twentieth-century assassinations of Jews by Jews, and a turning point in Jewish history. Based on records unavailable for decades, A Murder in Lemberg is the first book about this fascinating case. On September 6, 1848, Abraham Ber Pilpel entered the kitchen of Rabbi Abraham Kohn and his family and poured arsenic in the soup that was being prepared for their dinner. Within hours, the rabbi and his infant daughter were dead. Was Kohn's murder part of a conservative Jewish backlash to Jewish reform and liberalization in a year of European revolution? Or was he killed simply because he threatened taxes that enriched Lemberg's Orthodox leaders? Vividly recreating the dramatic story of the murder, the trial that followed, and the political and religious fallout of both, Stanislawski tries to answer these questions and others. In the process, he reveals the surprising diversity of Jewish life in mid-nineteenth-century Eastern Europe. Far from being uniformly Orthodox, as is often assumed, there was a struggle between Orthodox and Reform Jews that was so intense that it might have led to murder."--Jacket
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages 143-147) and index
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Subject Kohn, Abraham, 1807-1848 -- Assassination
Kohn, Abraham 1807-1848
Kohn, Abraham, 1807-1848 -- mord.
Kohn, Abraham, 1807-1848.
Kohn, Abraham.
Jews -- Cultural assimilation -- Ukraine -- Lʹviv -- History -- 19th century
Jews -- Ukraine -- Lʹviv -- History -- 18th century
Jews -- Ukraine -- Lʹviv -- History -- 19th century
Orthodox Judaism -- Relations -- Nontraditional Jews -- History -- 19th century
Reform Judaism -- Ukraine -- Lʹviv -- History -- 19th century
Ethnic relations.
HISTORY / Europe / Eastern.
HISTORY / Europe / Former Soviet Republics.
HISTORY / Europe / Russia & the Former Soviet Union.
Interfaith relations.
Jews -- Cultural assimilation.
Judar -- historia -- Ukraina -- 1800-talet.
Nontraditional Jews.
Orthodox Judaism.
Reform Judaism.
Galicia (Poland and Ukraine) -- History -- Uprising, 1848
Lʹviv (Ukraine) -- Ethnic relations
Europe -- Galicia.
Lviv -- etniska relationer.
Ukraine -- Lʹviv.
Genre/Form History.
Form Electronic book
LC no. 2006022371
ISBN 0691187770