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Polin: Studies in Polish Jewry Volume 1Poles and Jews: Renewing the Dialogue$
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Antony Polonsky

Print publication date: 2004

Print ISBN-13: 9781904113171

Published to Liverpool Scholarship Online: February 2021

DOI: 10.3828/liverpool/9781904113171.001.0001

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O. O. Gruzenberg. Yesterday: Memoirs of a Russian-Jewish Lawyer. Edited by Don C. Rawson. Berkeley: University of California Press. 1981. Pp. xxx, 235.

O. O. Gruzenberg. Yesterday: Memoirs of a Russian-Jewish Lawyer. Edited by Don C. Rawson. Berkeley: University of California Press. 1981. Pp. xxx, 235.

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O. O. Gruzenberg. Yesterday: Memoirs of a Russian-Jewish Lawyer. Edited by Don C. Rawson. Berkeley: University of California Press. 1981. Pp. xxx, 235.
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Polin: Studies in Polish Jewry Volume 1
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Robert M. Seltzer

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Liverpool University Press
DOI:10.3828/liverpool/9781904113171.003.0038

This chapter discusses O. O. Gruzenberg's Yesterday: Memoirs of a Russian-Jewish Lawyer (1981). This book is a nostalgic reminiscence of selected episodes from the life of Oskar Gruzenberg (1866–1940), a noted Russian-Jewish attorney whose courtroom successes in a wide range of political trials during the last two decades of the tsarist regime culminated in his brilliant defence of Mendel Beiliss in the notorious 1913 ritual murder trial in Kiev. Gruzenberg recounts scenes of his youth and of legal dramas in which he was a participant. He also describes some of the well-known writers he knew and relates several successful interventions with Russian bureaucrats during World War I in order to avert miscarriages of justice. Gruzenberg comes across in these memoirs as a skilful lawyer, eloquent advocate, humanitarian liberal, and passionate lover of the Russian language and literature.

Keywords:   Oskar Gruzenberg, Russian-Jewish attorney, political trials, tsarist regime, Mendel Beiliss, ritual murder trial, World War I, Russian bureaucrats

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