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(Russ. “destruction”). In contemporary usage the term “pogrom” denotes any attack upon a religious or ethnic minority (Minorities). Historically, the term refers to violence directed against Jews in the Russian empire (Persecutions of Jews). There were three serious outbreaks of pogrom violence against Jews: The first occurred in 1881/1882 in the unsettled period following the assassination of Tsar Alexander II. The symbolic beginning of the second wave was a pogrom in Kishinev in…

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Rebrik, Victor, “Pogrom”, in: Religion Past and Present. Consulted online on 19 October 2021 <>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004146662, 2006-2013

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