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The Thirteenth Tribe


Koestler advances the thesis that Ashkenazi Jews are not descended from the historical Israelites of antiquity, but from Khazars, a Turkic people originating in and populating an empire north of and between the Black Sea and Caspian Sea. Koestler's hypothesis is that the Khazars - who converted to Judaism in the 8th century - migrated westwards into current Eastern Europe (primarily Ukraine, Poland, Belarus, Lithuania, Hungary and Germany) in the 12th and 13th centuries when the Khazar Empire was collapsing.

This book traces the history of the ancient Khazar Empire, a major but almost forgotten power in Eastern Europe, which became converted to Judaism. Evidence indicates that the Khazars migrated to Poland and formed the cradle of Western Jewry. Koestler concludes, “…the bulk of modern Jewry is not of Palestinian, but of Caucasian origin.”

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ISBN: 978-0945001423
Published: 1976

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