NOTHING NEW UNDER THE SUN (ALMOST)
8th November, 1905 : A new round of violence has erupted in Russia with much of it directed against Jews and including a horrific pogrom in Odessa where 1,000 people may have been killed. The pogrom got under way within a few days of Czar Nicholas II announcing his manifesto granting greater political rights. The fact that local police were stripped of many of their powers may have prompted the violence. A mob appeared in Odessa last week yelling “Death to the Jews”. Soon Jewish shops and houses were being smashed and looted. Eventually a howling, armed mob of 50,000 roamed the city shooting Jewish men and stabbing to death Jewish women and children.