The Jews of Moscow, Kiev, and Minsk: Identity, Antisemitism, Emigration

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The Jews of the former Soviet Union have always been the subject of intense controversy. In the past 25 years, however, they have become more puzzling. How many of them are there? How strongly so they identify themselves as Jews? How do they perceive antisemetism in their countries? Will they leave, where will they go? Theses ate among the questions that have enlivened the discussions of Jews in republics known as the Commonwealth of Independent States. they have sparked debate because they have deep policy ...

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New York 1994 Softbound Very Good Small octavo, paper covers, xvi, 142 pp., b/w photos, tables, methodological notes, the Questionaire, sources cited, name and subject indexes.

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Overview

The Jews of the former Soviet Union have always been the subject of intense controversy. In the past 25 years, however, they have become more puzzling. How many of them are there? How strongly so they identify themselves as Jews? How do they perceive antisemetism in their countries? Will they leave, where will they go? Theses ate among the questions that have enlivened the discussions of Jews in republics known as the Commonwealth of Independent States. they have sparked debate because they have deep policy implications for Russia, Israel, the United States, and other countries. They are the questions which this book seeks to examine. Too little fact has informed this debate, and even less theory. Until very recently, surveys of the actual intentions, perceptions, motivations, and fears of Jews in the region were out of the question. This is now beginning to change. Here is the first book based on an on site survey of a representative sample of Jews in the Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS). In addition to providing data in the Jews of Moscow, Kiev, and Minsk- who collectively account for 28% of all Jews residing in the three Slavic republics of the CIS- the author places the survey results in their social and historical context. He explains why ethnic distinctiveness persisted and even became accentuated in the Soviet era and also describes the position of Jews in Soviet and post-Soviet society and some of the dilemmas they face. This book will be crucial reading for anyone interested not only in the general situation of the Jews of the former Soviet Union but also in their perceptions, worldviews, and plans for the future.

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  • ISBN-13: 9780814712306
  • Publisher: New York University Press
  • Publication date: 9/1/1994
  • Edition description: REISSUE
  • Pages: 400
  • Product dimensions: 5.45 (w) x 8.53 (h) x 0.59 (d)

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Robert J. Brym teaches in the Department of Sociology and the Center for Russian and East European Studies, University of Toronto.

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Table of Contents

List of Tables
List of Figures
List of Photographs
Foreword
Preface
1 The Scope of the Study 1
2 The Jews in Soviet and Post-Soviet Society 6
The Persistence of Ethnicity in the Soviet Era 6
The Jewish Dilemma 11
3 Identity 19
How Many Jews Live in Russia, Ukraine and Belarus? 19
How Jewish Are They? 24
What Determines Jewishness? 27
4 Antisemitism 38
Antisemitism as a Reaction to Post-Communism 38
Antisemitism and Public Opinion Polls 39
The Frequency of Antisemitic Attitudes in Moscow 41
Antisemitic Attitudes in the CIS 45
The Social Determinants of Antisemitism 48
Jewish Perceptions of Antisemitism 52
Sociodemographic Variations 57
5 Emigration 66
The Size and Direction of the Emigration Movement, 1966-93 66
How Many Want to Leave? 75
Why Do They Want to Go? 78
Determinants of Migration Plans 82
Emigration Projections, 1994-99 88
6 Between East and West 94
Patterns of Accommodation 94
Summary of Main Findings 99
A Final Word on Method 101
Appendix A Methodological Notes 105
Appendix B The Questionnaire 112
Sources Cited 132
Name Index 140
Subject Index 142
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