Lisa Brahin of Monmouth County discusses her book, “Tears Over Russia: A Search for Family and the Legacy of Ukraine’s Pogroms,” on Zoom, on Monday, July 25, at 4 p.m. The Center for Jewish History is hosting the program.
Twenty years before the Holocaust began, an estimated 100,000 to 250,000 Jews were murdered in anti-Jewish pogroms across Ukraine. Ms. Brahin’s new book focuses on the story of an American who snuck into Ukraine to save his immediate family and ended up leading nearly 80 people, including her grandmother, to safety. Ms. Brahin grew up transfixed by her grandmother Channa’s stories about being forced to flee her hometown, Stavishche, and what happened to her afterward. The book details this little-known episode in Jewish history.
“Lisa Brahin has done an enormous amount of genealogical and historical research,” Lauren Gilbert, the senior manager for public service at the center, said. “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.” To register, go to programs.cjh.org.