Blood in the Snow: Russian Revolution and Civil War, 1917-1920










University Libraries and Campus Partners Commemorate Russian Revolution and Civil War

This year marks the 100th anniversary of the Russian Revolution—a pivotal moment in history that reshaped world politics for the century that followed.

The Miami University Libraries, in partnership with the Havighurst Center for Russian and Post-Soviet Studies and the Miami chapter of Hillel, are presenting a series of exhibits, lectures and events examining the revolution itself and highlighting the stories of Russian Jews during this era.

Schedule of Events:

Blood in the Snow: Russian Revolution and Civil War, 1917-1920

Walter Havighurst Special Collections – King Library 321
8 a.m. – 5 p.m., ongoing through Dec. 20, 2017

The Walter Havighurst Special Collections fall exhibit highlights materials from the André and Catherine de Saint-Rat collection: rare 1919 pamphlets published in Rostov on the Don, rare books and images on political, military, and artistic developments during the Civil War, as well as realia from the time period.

War, Revolution and Jewish Life in Russia
Special exhibit from the Blavatnik Archive in New York City

King Library Lobby, Havighurst Special Collections, Harrison Hall third floor
Oct. 9 – Nov. 20, 2017

The New York-based Blavatnik Archive preserves primary resources on 20th-century Jewish life, particularly life in Russia and the USSR.  The traveling exhibit features oral histories, images, postcards, and other artifacts that tell the story of Jewish life before, during, and after the revolutions of 1917 and the wars that followed. Miami alumnus Alex Blavatnik ’86 serves as executive director of the Blavatnik Archive.

War, Revolution and Jewish Life in Russia
A Symposium

King Library 320
3-5 p.m. – Friday, Nov. 3

Presented by the Havighurst Center for Russian and Post-Soviet Studies, this symposium expands upon the Havighurst Special Collections and Blavatnik Archive exhibits by bringing three leading scholars on Jewish History to campus for special lectures.

  • Jeffrey Veidlinger, University of Michigan, A Kind of Victory? The Return of Jews to Small-Town Ukraine
  • Anna Shternshis, University of Toronto, 'And Then I Killed Him': Red Army Soldiers Speak of the End of the Holocaust
  • Eugene Avrutin, University of Illinois, A Tale of Two Murders: The Velizh and Beilis Blood Libel Cases

Conspiracy Theories and Revolution in Post-Soviet Russia
Special Lecture

King Library 320
4 p.m. – Tuesday, Nov. 7

On the 100th anniversary of the day the Bolshevik Revolution overthrew the Russian provisional government, Ilya Yablokov, teaching fellow in Russian Studies at the University of Leeds, offers an intriguing glimpse into post-Soviet Russia.