A pogrom (Russian: погром, meaning "to destroy, harm, or demolish violently") is a form of violent riot, a mob attack, either approved or condoned by government or military authorities, directed against a particular group, whether ethnic, religious, or other, and characterized by killings and destruction of their homes and properties, businesses, and religious centres. The term usually carries connotation of spontaneous hatred within the majority population against certain (usually ethnic) minorities, which they see as dangerous and harming the interests of the majority.
Pogrom in "Shtetl Days"Edit
The Greater German Reich's Commissariat for the Strengthening of the German Populace oversaw staged pogroms in the tourist-attraction shtetls they built in the 21st Century, including at Wawolnice. The pogroms took weeks of careful preparation: rocks were thrown, certain buildings were allowed to burn, and convicts were allowed to be beaten to death while "praying" in Hebrew. The Commissariat advertised the pogrom weeks in advance to increase interest. However, the religious texts were preserved, and blank copies were burned in their place. When the pogrom was over, crews worked overnight to fix the damage and make sure the village was ready for the tourists the next day.
Pogrom in Southern VictoryEdit
In Russia, particularly in the years before the Second Great War, Tsar Mikhail II allowed renewed pogroms against the Jews at the hands of the Black Hundreds to try and divert public attention from the problems plaguing Russia. There were some limited pogroms against Jews in the Kingdom of Poland, causing some Jews to move to Germany.
Some of the Jews living in Flora Blackford's Lower East Side constituency had come to the United States to escape the pogroms. Blackford used this to compare the situation of Eastern European Jews and that of those of blacks in the Confederate States.