Where the Jews Aren't: The Sad and Absurd Story of Birobidzhan, Russia's Jewish Autonomous Region - Masha Gessen

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Masha Gessen is one of the best contemporary writers on Russian society and politics today. Here she delves into a fascinating and sad page of Russian-Jewish history, when after the Bolshevik revolution Jews were granted their own homeland in far-eastern Siberia where they were promised cultural and political autonomy. However soon after Stalin’s rise to power Birobidzhan’s Jewish identity began to be suppressed. Gessen skillfully uses example of the life of David Bergelson, one of the 20th Century’s most renowned Yiddish writers and a Birobidzhan emigrant, to personalize the tragic story of this remote area that was briefly a beacon of hope for the Jewish people.

Where the Jews Aren't: The Sad and Absurd Story of Birobidzhan, Russia's Jewish Autonomous Region (Jewish Encounters Series) By Masha Gessen Cover Image
$25.00
ISBN: 9780805242461
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Published: Schocken - August 23rd, 2016