“The Mendel Beilis Affair” performance-tour


Saturday, Sunday, 22 and 23 of Octobre, 2 pm – 4 pm

In 1911 – 1913, there was a court case brought in Kyiv against Mendel Beilis, a clerk at a brick factory, for the killing of Andrei Yushchinsky, a 12-year-old boy. The accusation emphasized the ritual nature of the killing and imputed the desire to kill a Christian boy to Beilis, a Jew. This case was initiated by right-wing organizations (the Black Hundreds) and, despite experts and witnesses insisting on the absurdity of the accusation, was supported by a number of influential politicians in the Russian Empire.

“The Mendel Beilis Affair” performance-tour is an attempt to walk along the vestiges and meanings of this case, to see its history in contemporary Kyiv.

Authors: Piotr Armianovski, Dmytro Levytskyi

Composer: Jonny Fox

Translation: Daisy Hayes

Voice: Daisy Hayes, Tamara Trunova

Supported by: Bundeszentrale für politische Bildung