Cowan Report #general


Joan Jacobson
 

As a result of the Cowan Report, did the U.S. government, who evidently ordered the creation of the report, have a response to the death and destruction perpetrated on the Jews during the pogroms?
Joan Jacobson


Judith Singer
 

Both President Roosevelt and Congress, acting separately, had denounced the Kishinev pogrom a few years earlier but did not do anything about it. Their response to the Cowan Report was even more muted. Anything more would have been deemed intervention in the internal affairs of a foreign country, which was considered improper in international diplomacy. Further, the U.S. was in no position to intervene, as it was not yet a major world power and also had some internal affairs of its own that bore condemnation, i.e. the treatment of Blacks, especially in the Southern states.

By the way, Cowan's report referred not only to the pogroms but also described at length the Tsarist government's multitude of laws beginning in 1882 that increasingly condemned most Jews into a life of dire poverty. 

Judith Singer 

CHARNEY and variations in Lithuania and Suwalki Province


Michele Lock
 

I've found on the US State Dept's website a number of documents from 1906 having to do with the Jews in Russia, some of which concern pogroms, and some of which describe meetings with Russian officials about the pogroms:

https://history.state.gov/historicaldocuments/frus1906p2/ch119
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Michele Lock

Lak/Lok/Liak/Lock and Kalon/Kolon in Zagare/Joniskis/Gruzdziai, Lithuania
Lak/Lok/Liak/Lock in Plunge/Telsiai in Lithuania
Trisinsky/Trushinsky/Sturisky and Leybman in Dotnuva, Lithuania
Olitsky in Alytus, Suwalki, Poland/Lithuania
Gutman/Goodman in Czestochowa, Poland
Lavine/Lev/Lew in Trenton, New Jersey and Lida/Vilna gub., Belarus