When Sonia Met Boris: An Oral History of Jewish Life under Stalin

When Sonia Met Boris: An Oral History of Jewish Life under Stalin

by Anna Shternshis

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ISBN-13: 9780190223106
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Publication date: 02/13/2017
Series: Oxford Oral History Series
Pages: 264
Product dimensions: 6.20(w) x 9.30(h) x 1.10(d)

About the Author

Anna Shternshis is the Al and Malka Green Associate Professor in Yiddish Language and Literature and the Director of Anne Tanenbaum Centre for Jewish Studies at the University of Toronto. She is the author of Soviet and Kosher: Jewish Popular Culture in the Soviet Union, 1923 - 1939 (2006) and more than twenty articles on the Soviet Jewish experience during World War II, Russian Jewish culture, and the post-Soviet Jewish diaspora.

Table of Contents

Part I: Oral History and the First Generation of Soviet Jews

Chapter 1 When Only Memories Tell the Truth
Chapter 2 Who Gets to Tell the Story: Oral Histories of the First Soviet Jewish Generation

Part II: The Making of a Soviet Jewish Family

Chapter 3 Boys are Like Glass, Girls are like Cloth: Raising Jewish Children in the 1930s
Chapter 4 Weddings between Errands: Love and Family during the Soviet Jewish Golden Age
Chapter 5 Lost, Found and Guilty: The War and the Family
Chapter 6 How not to Learn about Antisemitism at Home: Soviet Jewish Family Values after the War

Part III: From Enthusiasm to More Enthusiasm: Jews in the Soviet Workplace

Chapter 7 What My Country Needs and Where My Aunt Lives: Choosing a Profession in Stalin's Soviet Union
Chapter 8 The Right Specialists with the Wrong Passports: The Search for Employment
Chapter 9 "You Do Not Seem like a Jew At All": The Atmosphere at Work
Chapter 10 Jewish Doctors and the Doctors' Plot
Chapter 11 The Happiest Memories: Life in the World of Soviet Yiddish Culture

Epilogue Soviet Jewish Oral Histories: Past and Future

Appendix 1 Methodology
Appendix 2 Statistical Distribution of Interviewees
Notes
Bibliography

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