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When two young Christians were murdered in Kishinev, the heart of Moldova, in 1903, popular journalist Peva Krushevanl seized the opportunity to blame the Jews for their deaths.

Using his daily newspaper as a personal soapbox, he riled up thousands of Kishinev’s civilians to take revenge against the Jews in a deadly pogrom which killed 49 people.

This attack inspired Jewish poet Chaim Nachman Bialik to publish works to awaken the Jewish spirit and successfully invoked Jews across the world to take action against the rampant antisemitism in Europe.