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January 08, 1993 - Image 39

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The Detroit Jewish News, 1993-01-08

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ignorance of the czarist-
backed accusers. The ex-
posures of the accusing legal
staff who acted under czarist
orders are interesting. It is
worth noting at this point
how the verdict of the jury
was received upon the con-
clusion of the trial:

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As the jury retired to con-
sider the verdict, the mood
among Beilis' defenders
was gloomy. The presiding
judge's summation — glar-
ingly prejudicial to Beilis —
deepened their dismay.
At 20 minutes to six, the
foreman entered with un-
usual solemnity, holding in
his hand the text of two
questions. He read out the
first question:
Has it been proved that
on March 12, 1911, in one of
the buildings of the Zaitsev
brick factory . . . Andrey
Yushchinsky was gagged,
and wounds inflicted on
him . . . and that when he
had lost five glasses of
blood, other wounds were
inflicted on him . . . and
that these wounds totaling
47 caused Yushchinsky
agonizing pain and led to
almost total loss of blood
and to his death?
Jury Foreman: Yes, it has
been proved.
Is the accused, Mendel
Teviev Beilis, guilty of hav-
ing entered into collusion
with others, who have not
been discovered in the in-
vestigation in a premedi-
tated plan prompted by
religious fanaticism to
murder the boy Andrey
Yushchinsky, and did the
accused in order to carry
out his intentions, seize
Yushchinsky . . . and drag
him off to one of the
buildings of the brick
factory?
Jury Foreman: No. Not
guilty.
The silence which envel-
oped the public during the
reading of the questions
was shattered by prolong-
ed cheers and applause
when the verdict was
announced.
A requiem mass for
Yushchinsky planned by
the Union of the Russian
People to coincide with the
announcement of the ver-
dict was called off. Crest-
fallen, the anti-Semitic rab-
ble dispersed silently.
While Shcheglovitov and
his cohorts suffered a
crushing debacle, they
soon recovered to claim
victory. They rationalized
that while Beilis was
declared innocent of the
crime, the religiously moti-
vated ritual-murder accu-
sation was not demolished
by the verdict.

The condemnations of the
blood libel and the resorting
to it as a worldwide legacy
from the Russian-
manufactured anti-
Semitism was so widespread
that it merits a special vol-
ume of its own.
The leading American and
British newspapers and
periodicals damned the
stupidities. The czarist in-
violvements were not ig-
nored. Especially significant
is the revealtion of the
manner in which Czar
Nicholas II was encouraging
and honoring the pros-
ecutors of Mr. Beilis. The
czar selected his tools, judge,
prosecutors and jurors.
Ezekiel Leikin names them
and the manner in which
Czar Nicholas showered
honors on them. The con-
demnations of the schemes
are in the following:

Moreover, the govern-
ment supporters in St.
Petersburg threw a "vic-
tory party," at which Minis-
ter of Justice Shcheglovi-
tov and prosecutor Vipper
were the guests of honor.
Zamislovski was rewarded
with a gift of 25,000 rubles
to write a book about the
trial, and Boldyrev, the
presiding judge, was pro-
moted, as promised, and in
addition received a gold
watch from the czar.
A large number of news-
papers and academic jour-
nals were confiscated for
denouncing the spurious-
ness of the trial. The liberal
press had claimed from the
very beginning that czarist
officialdom knew all along
who the murderers of the
boy Yushchinsky were,
and that the real culprits
were being shielded from
prosecution in order to
"prove" the validity of the
blood-libel accusation.
A Russian manifesto was
issued over the signatures
of leading personalities in
arts, science, law, and
politics, including such
notables as Korolenko,
Gorky, Count Ilya Tolstoy,
six members of the Im-
perial Council, and 64
members of the Duma
declared: "The false story
of the use of Christian
blood by Jews has been
broadcast once more
among the people. This is a
familiar device of ancient
fanaticism."

Ezekiel Leikin earns ap-
plause in having emphasized
that decent and self-
respecting Russians joined
in condemning the blood
libel and the advocacy of it
by their bigoted govern-
ment. ❑

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