Jews in Soviet Union (2 Volume Set): A History From 1917 to the Present / Edition 1

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1990 Trade paperback New. shelf-aged NEW book with moderate cover wear. 2 VOLUME SET. 2 volume set. Trade paperback (US). Glued binding. 2 vols. 296 p. Contains: Illustrations. ... Audience: General/trade. NO INT'L SHIPPING. Read more Show Less

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"[A] splendid work...Nora Levin's study combines admirable mastery of the material with deep sympathy for the people whose history it chronicles."
—Richard Pipes

"[A]n exceptional work, the best general history of the Jewish people in the Soviet Union to date. She painstakingly but vivdly explains the troubled history of the Jews, from the Bolshevik revolution and WWII to emigration and Gorbachev's advent."—Choice

"Holocaust historian Nora Levin's book on Soviet Jewry offers the reader urgently need knowledge about a most remarkable chapter in Jewish history."—Elie Weisel

"[Levin] has done a remarkably comprehensive and conscientious job of surveying the secondary literature on Soviet Jewry and supplements it intelligently with oral histories and unpublished manuscript . ...Levin writes well and captures human drama played out in the often great expectations and equally profound disappointments that have characterized Soviet Jewry since 1917."—Zvi Gitelman, America

"A comprehensive and well-documented survey of Soviet Jewry up to the Gorbachev era....[T]hese volumes hform a highly detailed and readable account for a wide audience....An unmatched review of a people and era; for all collections of Jewish history and most general ones."— Library Journal

"Indeed, this is Nora Levin's greatest achievement; her sober. scholarly account of Jewish life in the Soviet Union helps guarantee that the martyrs will not be forgotten."
—Woodford McClellan, Virginia Quarterly Review

A weeping, encompassing history of the lives of Jews in the Soviet Union in the twentieth century, Nora Levin's last work offers a compelling portrait of Soviet Jewry from the overthrow of the tsarist regime by the bolsheviks and takes the reader through pogroms, resettlements, World War II, the Stalin Era, to thte present-day refueniks.

In compiling this seminal and important work, Nora Levin author of the critifally acclaimed The Holocaust has painstakingly researched a massive amount of first-person reports and documents, as well as secondary resources. She offers an extraordinarily detailed and well written history - one that presents in an animated and vivid fashion the personal descriptions of the individual struggles for freedom against the backdrop of sweeping political and economic upheavals both within the Soviet Union and in the international area.

In scope and readability this work cannot be rivaled. For those interested in twentieth-century history, Russian history, Jewish history, and modern religious history, The Jews in the Soviet Union since 1917 stands alone as an essential source book.

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Library Journal
A comprehensive and well-documented survey of Soviet Jewry up to the Gorbachev era by the author of several books on Jewish history. Based largely upon secondary and some primary sources, mainly in English, these volumes form a highly detailed and readable account for a wide audience. The many contradictory elements of Soviet policy are described, notably the repression of nationalities and religion, alleviated by periods of tolerance. Deep-rooted anti-Semitism is treated as the true basis of Soviet policy. Levin maintains that the Soviets have failed to examine their own anti-Semitism or to come to terms with minority cultural rights. Primarily a political and cultural history, this complements nicely Zvi Gitelman's photographic social history A Century of Ambivalence (LJ 1/88). An unmatched review of a people and era; for all collections of Jewish history and most general ones.-- Rena Fowler, Northern Michigan Univ. Lib., Marquette
A history, based largely on secondary sources, of 20th c. Soviet Jewry. Written for the non-specialist and undergraduate students, Levin offers a scholarly, straight-forward account of Jews through the progroms, resettlements, World War II, the Stalin era, and the present day refuseniks. Very readable. Unfortunately the footnotes for both volumes are located at the end of Vol. II only, there is no bibliography, and the index is at the end of Vol. II only. An awkward arrangement which renders purchase of a single volume (at $55.) unlikely. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780814750506
  • Publisher: New York University Press
  • Publication date: 12/1/1990
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 296
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 9.20 (h) x 1.30 (d)

Meet the Author

The late Nora Levin taught history at Gratz College. She has written THe Holocaust and While the Messiah Tarried: Jewish Socialist Movements.

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