Опубликовано: 16 февраля 2020 г.


M-Graphics Publishing (Boston) has just released a historical novel Chaim-and-Maria by Semyon Reznik. 

The novel is based on real historical events: a 12-year long horrible investigation of Jewish “crimes” that have never been committed. The events described in the book took place almost 200 years ago, in Czarist Russia, in the remote town of Velizh, Vitebsk Province; but now the novel has become extremely relevant in the USA due to the rising wave of anti-Semitism.

The Velizh Case is one of about 200 blood libel cases recorded in the history of mankind. It attracted the attention of the author for two main reasons: it was one of the largest and most ridiculous blood libel investigations, and it was completely forgotten. 

Semyon Reznik is a Russian-Jewish émigré writer, historian and journalist, author of more than twenty books. The novel was written in Russian when the author still lived in the Soviet Union. It challenged the anti-Semitic propaganda that dominated the Soviet media controlled by the government, thus it could not be published there. It was published in post-Soviet Russia and also in Hungarian translation. As Agnes Gereben, Hungarian professor of literature put it, “it really does not happen often that someone writes a tempestuous, laughable and tear-eliciting novel that is read selflessly from cover to cover.” John Varoli, the editor of the English translation, has been amazed at how timely it is in modern America. He believes that it should be in the school curriculum.

The book is available on in paperback and kindle formats.


Dear friends and colleagues,

I would like to share with you an article on me and my novel "Chaim-and-Maria" that have been published in the Washington Jewish Week.  I hope you all are well in these shaky times.


Semyon Reznik

Here is a link to the story on the website:


A review on a historical novel  "Chaim-and-Maria" written by Marina Chubkina