New Book Looks at Little Known Story of Jewish History and Heroism in Ukraine

New York, NY (July 15, 2022)

Twenty years before the Holocaust began, an estimated 100,000 to 250,000 Jews were murdered in anti-Jewish pogroms across Ukraine. Lisa Brahin, who resides in New Jersey, grew up transfixed by her grandmother Channa’s stories about being forced to flee her hometown of Stavishche.

Channa described a perilous three-year journey through Russia and Romania, led by a gallant American who had snuck into Ukraine to save his immediate family and ended up leading an exodus of nearly 80 to safety. On Monday, July 25th at 4pm the Center for Jewish History will live stream a program with Brahin about her book, Tears Over Russia: A Search for Family and the Legacy of Ukraine’s Pogromson this little-known episode in Jewish history.

According to Lauren Gilbert, Senior Manager for Public Services at the Center for Jewish History, “Lisa Brahin has done an enormous amount of genealogical and historical research. Her book, which began as a deep dive into her own family, manages to illuminate an entire town and its inhabitants. Her story should be an inspiration to amateur genealogists everywhere.”