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Provides the English reader with a comprehensive study, based on first-hand documentary material, of Soviet policy towards the Jews of the USSR from the Stalinist era, through to the interregnum (1953–7), the Khrushchev period and the 'collective leadership' of Brezhnev, Kosygin and Podgorny (1964–7). In 1948 the State of Israel was established with the support of the Soviet bloc. But the period 1948–53 (the so-called 'black years'), also witnessed the murder of the actor Shlomo Mikhoels, the closing of the Jewish Anti-Fascist Committee, the liquidation of all Jewish cultural institutions, and the launching of the anti-cosmopolitan campaign and the 'Doctors' Plot'. After Stalin there were improvements in the policy towards the non-Russian nationalities, and even certain gestures of goodwill towards the Jewish population; but these proved to be more symbolic than substantive, and the Jews as individuals and as a national minority came to feel increasingly and inescapably trapped. Government restrictions, crude attacks on Judaism, Zionism, and on the State of Israel became regular features of the post-Stalin era.
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- Date Published: November 2008
- format: Paperback
- isbn: 9780521090469
- length: 632 pages
- dimensions: 229 x 152 x 36 mm
- weight: 0.92kg
- availability: Available
Table of Contents
Part I. Government ideology and the Jews:
1. The Jewish national question in the Soviet Union
2. Official Soviet statements on the Jewish question
Part II. Jews as victims of Soviet policy:
3. Anti-Semitism in the Soviet Union
4. The campaigns against 'Jewish nationalism' and `cosmopolitanism'
5. Jews on trial in the Soviet Union
Part III. The Zionist issue:
6. The Soviet regime and Zionism
Part IV. Jews and the Jewish people in Soviet society:
7. Jewish culture in the Soviet Union
8. The Jewish religion in the Soviet Union
9. Jews in Soviet government
10. The Jewish Autonomous Region of Birobidzhan
Part V. The Jewish experience as mirrored in Soviet publications:
11. Jews in Soviet literature
12. The Holocaust and Jewish resistance as reflected in Soviet academic literature and the press
Part IV. A separate development:
13. The Oriental Jews of the Soviet Union.
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