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Levin to discuss 'A Child of Christian Blood'

Published 10:33 am, Wednesday, May 28, 2014
  • Edmund Levin, author of "A Child of Christian Blood," will be the Darien Library's featured speaker at 5 p.m. Sunday, June 1. Photo: Contributed Photo, Contributed / Darien News
    Edmund Levin, author of "A Child of Christian Blood," will be the Darien Library's featured speaker at 5 p.m. Sunday, June 1. Photo: Contributed Photo, Contributed

 

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Edmund Levin, author of "A Child of Christian Blood," will be the Darien Library's featured speaker at 5 p.m. Sunday, June 1.

This event is co-sponsored by the Jewish Historical Society of Fairfield County.

"A Child of Christian Blood" is the story of a Jewish factory worker who is falsely accused of ritually murdering a Christian boy in Russia in 1913, and the trial that followed.

On March 20, 1911, 13-year-old Andrei Yushchinsky was found stabbed to death in a cave on the outskirts of Kiev. Four months later, Russian police arrested Mendel Beilis, a 37-year-old father of five who worked as a clerk in a brick factory nearby, and charged him not only with Andrei's murder but also with the Jewish ritual murder of a Christian child. Despite the fact that there was no evidence linking him to the crime, he had an alibi and his main accuser was a professional criminal who was herself under suspicion for the murder. Beilis was imprisoned for more than two years before being brought to trial.

Levin is a Writers Guild and Emmy award--winning writer/producer for "Good Morning America." His writing has appeared in The New York Times, The Washington Post, The Wall Street Journal, The New Republic, The Atlantic and Slate, among other periodicals, and was included in The Best of Slate: A 10th Anniversary Anthology.

Books will be available for purchase. Refreshments will be served.

For information, visit www.darienlibrary.org