Victor von Wahl

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Victor von Wahl in 1893.

Victor von Wahl (1840-1915) was an Imperial Russian Army general, mayor of St. Petersburg, and governor of Vilnius. He came from Baltic German aristocracy. Von Wahl had also been a director of the Xenia Institute, an exclusive school for aristocratic women.

Von Wahl became the governor of Vilna in the autumn of 1901. In 1902, he ordered the arrest and flogging of a number of Jewish and Polish workers who had taken part in a May Day parade.[1] That same year, a Bundist worker, Hirsh Lekert, unsuccessfully attempted to assassinate him, wounding him in the leg and arm. Lekert was tried by military court, sentenced to death and executed.

Von Wahl became a member of the State Council in 1903, and held the title of "Assistant Minister of the Interior and Commander of the Gendarme Corps." after 1902.


  1. ^ Words on Fire: The Unfinished Story of Yiddish; Dovid Katz; Basic Books; 2007; p. 260