‘Brothers in arms’: Jewish self-defense during the Civil War in Ukraine, 1917–1921

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The novelty of this article is in the attempt to examine the pogroms from the point of view of the Jewish defenders and not of the victims or of the Ukrainian and Bolshevik establishment. Self-defense during the civil war in Ukraine played a historic role in the life of the Jewish towns. It stood guard and prevented killing and robbery. Helped in the restoration of economic and cultural life after the destruction of the community and its institutions. The focus on self-defense allows us to examine lesser-known and perhaps dark aspects of the Jewish self-defense in Ukraine.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)307-328
Number of pages22
JournalJewish Culture and History
Issue number4
StatePublished - 2022

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  • Bolshevik Revolution
  • Civil war in Ukraine
  • Eastern-European Jewry
  • World War I
  • pogroms
  • self-defense

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Cultural Studies
  • History
  • Sociology and Political Science


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