The Grave of Mendel Beilis
01/19/2011 - 20:38
Jonathan Mark

Jay Beilis, Mendel's grandson, sent us the inscription on Mendel's grave:

Pay attention to this grave

Here lies a holy person, a chosen man

The people of Kiev made him a victim

And upon all Israel spread the travail

Falsely accused him and his community of taking the blood of a

Christian child as demanded by him and his faith for the festival of Passover

They bound him in chains and lowered him into a pit

Many years he did not see the light of day

On behalf of all Israel he was harshly tortured

Pay tribute to this pure and guiltless soul

Who dwells in the shadow of the Lord in the heights of Heaven

Until those who slumber shall awaken to life

Menachem Mendel Ben-Tuvia Beilis

Died on 24 Tammus 5694

May his memory be for an eternal blessing

May his soul be bound in the bond of life eternal

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My parents told me about the Beilis trial, and they remembered hearing him speak in NY (where, I don't know) and of course The Fixer is a powerful remembrance of the time. I came across a postcard in Russian with his image on the back. I am trying to have it translated.

Am Yisroel Chai!