Jews in the Soviet Union since 1917

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The definitive history of the lives of Jews in the Soviet Union in the twentieth century, this work offers a compelling portrait of Soviet Jewry. Nora Levin, author of the critically acclaimed The Holocaust, begins with the overthrow of the tsarist regime by the Bolsheviks and takes the reader through pogroms, resettlements, World War II, the Stalin era, and the present-day refuseniks.

In compiling this seminal and important work, Nora Levin has painstakingly researched a ...

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Overview

The definitive history of the lives of Jews in the Soviet Union in the twentieth century, this work offers a compelling portrait of Soviet Jewry. Nora Levin, author of the critically acclaimed The Holocaust, begins with the overthrow of the tsarist regime by the Bolsheviks and takes the reader through pogroms, resettlements, World War II, the Stalin era, and the present-day refuseniks.

In compiling this seminal and important work, Nora Levin 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 arena.

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 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
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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 (booknews.com)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780814750346
  • Publisher: New York University Press
  • Publication date: 12/28/1988
  • Pages: 864

Meet the Author

Nora Levin is a scholar, writer, and teacher. She has writtenThe Holocaust and While the Messiah Tarried: Jewish Socialist Movements.

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