The Flight From Khazaria

While some believe that Khazaria was diminished by the 10th century, archeological and historical evidence show that the Empire continued to flourish until the 13th Century and that it was the Rus, not the Mongols who ruined Khazaria. The Rus were not alone, they were assisted by the Black Death, thought to have started in China, it travelled along the Silk Road through Khazaria until and reached the Crimea by 1346. While reports of the  death count in Eurasia are scarce, we can assume that the death toll was as high as in Europe, that is 1/3-2/3.

What did  the Khazars do against these strikes from the north and the east? They could not run south, because they were not on good terms with the Shadow Caliphate, to say the least. On the other hand, they had many colonies on the east in countries like Hungary, Romania, and Kiev.

Did they make it there in time? How many made it? Koestler estimated the number of the newcomers in half a million. What did they look like genetically? What about the populations who did not complete their conversion to Judaism? Were they perished, accepted among the Jewish communities, or did they survive in small communities watching their Empire burn to the ground?

We hope to be able to answer at least some of these questions.

Our secondary goal is to develop a test to find the Khazar descendants.

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4 Responses to The Flight From Khazaria

  1. Gaston says:

    I live in Argentina. My father came from Russia, a city called Proust or something like that at 1900.
    One of my grandfathers came from Romania by that time. May I have my DNA made here and send it to you? . Is this a good idea ??

    • eelhaik says:

      Hi Gaston
      I appreciate your offer. I suggest waiting with that. It is time consuming to analyze each sample separately and i don’t know if your local genotyping company will produce suitable results. I am developing a complete pipeline these days in order to automate the test and make it more feasible. I suggest you join the Facebook group, i will post updates there.
      all the best,
      Eran

  2. Bob Smith says:

    Hello Eran,
    If you prove without a shadow of a doubt that Ashkenazi jews are ancestrally related to people from the Caucus, you inevitably destroy the idea that Israel belongs to the Jews because eighty percent of Israel is Ashkenazi. And the way certain Ashkenazi researchers have been hostile towards you for pursuing such a study, I wonder if they would also be hostile towards the semitic peoples of the Middle East if those people of that region were to challenge their idea of Zionist statehood. I mean after all, Israel has nuclear weapons. Do you think they would use them to protect what you might uncover as being a false justification for statehood?

    • eelhaik says:

      Hi Bob,
      I am not interested in political questions. My concern is science and medicine and I am unwilling to compromise either one in favor of one ideology. If one does not look at the Caucasus populations as the ancestors of Eastern European Jews, one will not find the cause for many diseases common among Jews. It is as simple as that.

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