By Edmund Ironside
The Bolshevik revolution in Russia in 1917 threw her western allies right into a panic: was once the jap gigantic approximately to be beaten via anarchic chaos and drop out of the 1st international warfare - leaving the west to struggle a resurgent Germany? Or, nonetheless worse, had Russia fallen into the arms of ruthless revolutionaries who might export their revolution to a warfare weary Europe? Such fears ended in the despatches of allied army expeditoions to numerous issues at the coasts of north and south RUssia. One such used to be the Archangel excursion led through the massive basic Sir Edmund Tiny Ironside, later leader of the Imperial basic employees. this is often Ironside s account of his undertaking to the snowy northern wastes of Russia, his co-operation with slightly unreliable White Russian allies; his clashes with the Bolsheviks and his eventual withdrawal.
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This ‘proper manner’ entails, for females, their inspection by three rabbis while naked in a ‘bath of purification’, a ritual which, although notorious to all readers of the Hebrew press, is not often mentioned by the English media in spite of its undoubted interest for certain readers. I hope that this book will be the beginning of a process which will rectify this discrepancy. Shahak 01 chap01 5 14/7/08 13:41:36 6 JE WI S H HI S TO RY, JEW ISH R ELIGIO N But there is another urgent necessity for an official definition of who is, and who is not ‘Jewish’.
Study of all languages was strictly forbidden, as was the study of mathematics and science. Geography,9 history – even Jewish history – were completely unknown. The critical sense, which is supposedly so characteristic of Jews, was totally absent, and nothing was so forbidden, feared and therefore persecuted as the most modest innovation or the most innocent criticism. Shahak 01 chap01 22 14/7/08 13:41:37 PR EJ U D ICE A ND PR EVA R ICATIO N 23 It was a world sunk in the most abject superstition, fanaticism and ignorance, a world in which the preface to the first work on geography in Hebrew (published in 1803 in Russia) could complain that very many great rabbis were denying the existence of the American continent and saying that it is ‘impossible’.
The latter enjoins that land which was either ruled by any Jewish ruler in ancient times or was promised by God to the Jews, either in the Bible or – what is actually more important politically – according to a rabbinic interpretation of the Bible and the Talmud, should belong to Israel since it is a Jewish state. No doubt, many Jewish ‘doves’ are of the opinion that such conquest should be deferred to a time when Israel will be stronger than it is now, or that there would be, hopefully, ‘a peaceful conquest’, that is, that the Arab rulers or peoples would be ‘persuaded’ to cede the land in question in return for benefits which the Jewish state would then confer on them.
Archangel 1918-1919 by Edmund Ironside