Town in Bulgaria, situated at the mouth of the River Lom. It has a population of about 8,000, of which approximately 700 are Jews, chiefly artisans and traders in grain. On March 20, 1904, a riot broke out against the Jews in connection with the disappearance of a young Bulgarian, whom the Jews were accused of murdering for ritual purposes. Through the timely measures taken by the government, a massacre was averted, and the riot subsided after a number of stores and dwelling-houses and the synagogue had been sacked. The young Bulgarian was afterward found drowned.

  • Entziklopedicheski Slovar, xvii. 945, St. Petersburg, 1895;
  • Budushchnost, 1904, Nos. 13-14.
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