The Pogroms in Russia, 1903-1906 #russia

Steven Lasky

From the American Jewish Congress' "American Jewish Year Book" it begins:

The subjoined table of the outrages perpetrated upon the Jews of Russia, from Kishineff in 1903 to Bialystok in 1906, is far from complete. This statement is not set down to ward off criticism, but rather to invite additions and corrections, and open the way for an accurate record useful to the statesman and moralist of the present and to the historian and moralist of the future. Even with its supplementary list of pogrom towns and villages whose names have reached us mutilated beyond recognition, like the victims within their own confines, the table is not much more than a hint at dark things, which have escaped observation and record by a nation in pain or the witness of pain. "Many Jews killed and wounded" is neither statistics nor history; nevertheless it tells a gruesome story. Towns to the number of 284 are recorded here as the scene of assaults of the peculiar kind known as pogromy. In the United States alone, 832 places responded to the appeal in behalf of recent suffering in Russia. Who will say that the million and a quarter of money contributed by the latter covers even the estimated loss of property in the former, let alone the actual loss and the loss in potentialities?

You can find this table on my website at:

Steve Lasky

Jack Berger


I saw a rather thorough presentation on this and related matter given by Samuel Kassow on JBS last night.

He covered a lot more than you allude to above in your message.

Jack Berger
Mahwah, NJ

Peter Cohen

I am trying to learn if there were pogroms during that time in Priluki, Poltava (now Ukraine). One set of my grandparents and their family came to NY from Priluki in 1905-1906. Family lore says that one son was killed in a pogrom. A photo of the family, circa 1899 shows 13 children. In the 1910 census, my great grandmother said she had 13 children, only 5 living by 1910. I am wondering if more than one died in a pogrom and in what pogrom?
Peter Cohen

Barbara Stack

If you can access the New York Times via Proquest in your public library website, the search terms Poltava pogrom yield:
ProQuest Historical Newspapers: The New York Times
Search: Poltava pogrom
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REVOLT NOW STARTS IN UKRAINE REPUBLIC: Agrarian Riots in South--Pogrom at Skivira--Cossacks Plan to Reconstruct Russia.
By HAROLD WILLIAMS. Copyright, 1917, by The New York Times Company. Special Cable to THE NEW YORK TIMES.  New York Times (1857-1922); New York, N.Y. [New York, N.Y]. 27 Nov 1917: 3. 
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...including the Governments of Kiev, Podolia, Volhynia, Chernigoff, hitPoltava,...
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MORE POGROMS IN RUSSIA.: Said to Have Resulted From Risings Against the Soviet Regime.
New York Times (1857-1922); New York, N.Y. [New York, N.Y]. 21 Apr 1921: 3. 
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POGROMS IN RUSSIA -- SEEN FROM THE INSIDE: Kommisarov, Charged by Witte with Inciting Them, Denies Guilt and Has Explanation
New York Times (1923-); New York, N.Y. [New York, N.Y]. 02 Nov 1924: XX6. 
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...massacres of thousands of Jews. These hitpogroms shocked the entire civilized world...
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FREE LAND FOR JEWS PLANNED IN RUSSIA: Census of Those Willing to Settle on Farms Ordered in Ukraine -Crimean Colonies Proposed.
By Wireless to THE NEW YORK TIMES.  New York Times (1923-); New York, N.Y. [New York, N.Y]. 27 Oct 1924: 4. 
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HOW RUSSIAN JEWS SUFFERED IN WAR: Confidential Reports Tell of Their Persecution by Military and Civilians. MANY ACCUSED AS SPIES Those Living in Poland Particularly Became Victims of the Army -- Horrors of Evictions.
New York Times (1857-1922); New York, N.Y. [New York, N.Y]. 29 Oct 1916: E3. 
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KAISER WROTE THE STORY.: Dictated an Account of His Quarrel with Prince Bismarck.
New York Times (1857-1922); New York, N.Y. [New York, N.Y]. 12 Oct 1906: 6. 
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President of Israel Dies at 78; Ben-Zvi Was 2d Head of State: Won Third Term Last Fall --Native of Russia Was Close to Ben-Gurion Pioneer of Israel President of Island Dies at 78; Ben-Zvi Was 2d Head of State Opposed Salary Raise Born in Russia Visited the U.S. Wrote on Moslems
Special to The New York TimesAssociated Press.  New York Times (1923-); New York, N.Y. [New York, N.Y]. 23 Apr 1963: 1. 
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REBELS HOLD ANOTHER LINE.: Trans-Caucasia Railway in Their Hands -- Government Victories.
LONDON TIMES -- NEW YORK TIMES.  New York Times (1857-1922); New York, N.Y. [New York, N.Y]. 06 Jan 1906: 4. 
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Barbara Stack
Berkeley, CA


Thanks, Steve Lasky, for this chart. I had hoped to find my grandfather's town, but no such luck. Family lore says that he (Isidore Slatas/Zlates) emigrated to America (possibly when his father worked in NYC) because he had seen his sister raped (and murdered?) during a pogrom. Perhaps the pogrom was before the ones included in this list. He was born in Kamenetz around 1891. 
Barbara Sloan
Conway, SC