This year marks the 100th anniversary of an event which followed in the wake of the Dreyfus Affair.
Blood libels almost defined pre-modern Jewish history. The fascinating ordeal of a Jewish but non-observant handyman — Mendel Beilis — is carefully described in this book. A number of other writers, including Bernard Malamud and Maurice Samuel, are also drawn upon to describe the ordeal of this rather riveting (by virtue of his magnetic simplicity) man. His trial served, along with the Kisheneif pogroms,to alarm the American Jewish community into a sort of organizational cohesiveness; it’s a touching story and should be welcome on the shelves of university and seminary libraries.
Levin is an award-winning writer/producer. Bibliography, index, notes.