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An Introduction to “Rasputin and The Jews: A Reversal of History”

October 29, 2011

"Rasputin and The Jews: A Reversal of History"

As described on Amazon, “This book is a well-documented account of Rasputin as a healer, equal rights activist and man of God, and why he was so vilified by the aristocracy that their vicious rumors became accepted as history. For nearly a century, Grigory Rasputin, spiritual advisor to Russia’s last Tsar and Tsarina, has been unjustly maligned simply because history is written by the politically powerful and not by the common man. A wealth of evidence shows that Rasputin was discredited by a fanatically anti-Semitic Russian society, for advocating equal rights for the severely oppressed Jewish population, as well as for promoting peace in a pro-war era. Testimony by his friends and enemies, from all social strata, provides a picture of a spiritual man who hated bigotry, inequity and violence. The author is the great-great niece of Aron Simanovitch, Rasputin’s Jewish secretary.”

The purpose of these pages is not only about the book, but primarily to right a century-old wrong.  Included among these pages are:

1. An Article, “Vindicating Rasputin,” distilling the basic essence of the book;

2. Excerpts from the book;

3. Reviews of the book by readers and book review editors;

4. The 12 year journey, researching and writing the book;

5. About Rasputin’s secretary, Aron Simanovitch and his memoirs

6. Related reading

7. Miscellaneous other details

As I post these entries, I hope that they will not only entertain, but educate, and perhaps add another dimension to the historical view of Grigori Rasputin.

“Rasputin and The Jews: A Reversal of History” on Amazon


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7 Comments
  1. Fascinating, Delin! I have long been of the opinion that Rasputin was unjustly traduced and maligned and I’m very interested to read your book. (have just ordered it on Amazon.) I found it ignoble and disgusting how he was vilified and then murdered in that horrible way by that cowardly group of plotters, esp Prince Yussupov. Reading Yussupov’s self-justifying book, you feel your gorge rising at how a murderer can blacken the name of his victim in that way. A couple of years ago we were in St Petersburg and went to the Yussupov palace and the cellar where poor Rasputin was murdered–a very atmospheric experience..It struck me too what a contrast there was between the extravagantly splendid rooms upstairs and the cellar downstairs–it was a kind of striking illustration of how much contempt Yussupov and his kind had for a mere muzhik, a man of the people. Unlike the Tsar and tsarina they wouldn’t let Rasputin in his dirty boots anywhere near their living rooms..

    • Thank you, Sophie. I’ll be very interested to hear what you think of the book, especially considering your expertise and prolific writing background. Very impressive resume.

  2. Phyllis permalink

    Dear Delin,

    It is possible that we are related, though not enough of the facts overlap. There is a family tradition in my mother’s family about a rich great (great)-uncle named Simanovich who lived in Kiev and met Rasputin on a train, played cards with him, and lent him money. My relatives were from Mozyr and the nearby town Kalinkovich. Another part of the family story is that when the rich relative died, he left 6 million rubles to his brother (my great great grandfather, known as Zede Leib), and authorities came to town seeking proof, or perhaps to disprove the connection. They required Zede Leib to have his picture taken, to which he reluctantly consented, but then realized that he was photographed hatless. A head covering was superimposed on the photograph (I have a copy of this picture, which is the only one we have of Zede Leib). At any rate he never saw any part of the 6 million rubles. There was also a cousin from France named Micheline who visited my extended family some years ago and I think was supposed to be related to Simanovich. I’d be happy to continue this via email.

    • Hi Phyllis – I sent you an email at your yahoo address. Please let me know if you didn’t get it. We are undoubtedly related. It is my belief that the Simanoviches were Feigelmans who dropped the Jewish surname, using the patrynomic middle name, Simanovich (son of Simon, or Simkha, as Aron’s father was also known), in order to better be accepted in Russian society.

  3. I enjoy those twists in history when someone takes on the mission of revealing the truth. I wish you the best with your book. Intriguing topic.

  4. Sounds like a most intriguing boo and I’ll have to check it out!

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