Shaul Stampfer, a historian at the Hebrew University in Jerusalem, recently published his research about the Khazar conversion in the journal Jewish Social Studies. In a new article at Haaretz, you can read why Stampfer claims that Ashkenazi Jews did not descend from the Khazars.
Or, watch the video from Stampfer’s October 2012 lecture at the University of Washington’s Stroum Center for Jewish Studies:
In this fascinating talk, Stampfer challenges the claim that Ashkenazi Jews descended from a mass conversion of the Khazar Kingdom. At stake in this debate is the question of the origins of the European Jewish population.