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International conference on the Russian Revolution of 1905

The Hebrew University of Jerusalem

Nearly 100 years ago, in 1905, a revolution took place in Russia that nearly toppled the czarist regime. Beginning with the massacre of several dozen striking workers in St. Petrersburg in January and the public outcry following Russia's humiliating loss in the Russo-Japanese War, the revolution spread but was brutally suppressed .In its wake, there were far-reaching social, cultural, economic and political consequences for the Jews of Russia and Eastern Europe, including pogroms and emigration to the West and to Eretz Israel, irreversibly changing Jewish reality as we know it today.

To mark this historical era in Russian history, the Hebrew University is sponsoring an international conference on "The Revolution of 1905: a Turning Point in Jewish History?" The conference, which will be conducted in English, will bring together leading scholars in the field from Israel, the U.S., Canada, the UK, Russia and Poland and will be held from May 16-18 at the Maiersdorf Faculty Club on the Mt. Scopus campus of the Hebrew University in Jerusalem. The conference is being held in honor of Jonathan Frankel, Tamara and Saveli Grinberg Professor of Russian Studies at the Hebrew University, who is retiring.

Among the prominent personalities from abroad who are participating in the conference is Oleg Budnitskii, the academic director of the International Center for Russian and East European Jewish Studies in Moscow. Budnitskii is a senior fellow at the Institute of Russian History in the Russian Academy of Sciences and is a recognized world authority on 19th and 20th century Russia and on the Jews of Russia during that period. He is an excellent source of information on what is happening in the area of Jewish studies in Russia today.

Sponsoring bodies at the university for the conference are the Marjorie Mayrock Center for Russian, Eurasian and East European Research, the Leonid Nevzlin Research Center for Russian and East European Jewry, the Department of Russian and Slavic Studies and the Avraham Harman Institute of Contemporary Jewry.


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