Police report about Jewish revolutionaries
Reports to the Vilna Chief of Police about Jewish students engaged in revolutionary activity during the school year. Most are students of the Jewish Teachers’ Institute in Vilna. The investigation is focused on Mendel Khaikin. He is accused of abducting Brukha, the daughter of Avram Gurfinkel, and of educating her in the revolutionary spirit. Vilna was a center of Jewish anti-tsarist activity in the late nineteenth 1800s and early 1900s. In 1897, the Jewish Socialist Bund was established in Vilna. It would become an important component of the Menshevik faction of the Russian Social Democratic Workers’ Party.
Digitization of this artifact has been made possible by the Edward Blank YIVO Vilna Online Collections project.