Few people know that in the early days of the communist régime, a Jewish Yiddish culture was actively encouraged by the Soviet authorities, whether it was converting shtetl synagogues into Yiddish theatres or distributing ‘Red Hagaddahs’ — all designed to create a socialist-minded, rather than religious, Jewish population. This is the history that Yiddish studies professor Anna Shternshis uncovers in a series of over 200 interviews, to trace the transformation of Jewish life from Tsarist shtetl to Soviet-style urban assimilation. If you’ve ever wondered why Soviet Jews see no conflict between eating pork and being Jewish, this book will go a long way to explaining how the Soviet Jewish identity came about.
Soviet and Kosher: Jewish Popular Culture in the Soviet Union, 1923 – 1939
- From the Publisher
January 27, 2012
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