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The Resource Where the Jews aren't : the sad and absurd story of Birobidzhan, Russia's Jewish autonomous region, Masha Gessen

Where the Jews aren't : the sad and absurd story of Birobidzhan, Russia's Jewish autonomous region, Masha Gessen

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Where the Jews aren't : the sad and absurd story of Birobidzhan, Russia's Jewish autonomous region
Title
Where the Jews aren't
Title remainder
the sad and absurd story of Birobidzhan, Russia's Jewish autonomous region
Statement of responsibility
Masha Gessen
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Author
Subject
Language
eng
Summary
"The story of the Jews in twentieth-century Russia as told through the strange history of the Soviet solution to the Jewish question. In 1929, the Soviet Union declared the area of Birobidzhan a homeland for Jews. In the late 1920s and early 19302, tens of thousands of Jews moved to Birobidzhan, chased from the shtetl by poverty, hunger, and fear. Birobidzhan was written about breathlessly by a small group of intellectuals who envisioned a home built by Jews for Jews--a place where Jews worked the land and where Yiddish would become the common language of a post-oppression Jewish culture. The short period of state-building ended in the late 1930s with arrests and purges of the Communist Party and cultural elite. After the Second World War, Birobidzhan, now called the "Jewish Autonomous Region," received a new influx of Jews. These were the dispossessed from what had once been the Pale, and most of them had lost families in the Holocaust. They had no one and no place to return to. Once again, in the late 1940s, a wave of arrests swept through Birobidzhan, frightening the Jews into silence and making them invisible. WHERE THE JEWS AREN'T is the story of the dream of Birobidzhan--and how it became a nightmare. In Masha Gessen's haunting and haunted account,Birobidzhan becomes the cracked and crooked mirror that allows us to see the story of the history of absence and silence that is the story of Jews in twentieth-century Russia"--
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Gessen, Masha
Dewey number
957/.7
Index
no index present
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
Series statement
Jewish encounters series
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  • Birobidzhan (Russia)
  • Evreskai︠a︡ avtonomnai︠a︡ oblastʹ (Russia)
  • Jews
  • HISTORY / Europe / Former Soviet Republics
  • HISTORY / Jewish
  • BIOGRAPHY & AUTOBIOGRAPHY / Literary
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Where the Jews aren't : the sad and absurd story of Birobidzhan, Russia's Jewish autonomous region, Masha Gessen
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Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references
Control code
BK0018084949
Dimensions
23 cm.
Edition
First edition.
Extent
169 p.
Isbn
9780805242461
Lccn
2015049370
Label
Where the Jews aren't : the sad and absurd story of Birobidzhan, Russia's Jewish autonomous region, Masha Gessen
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references
Control code
BK0018084949
Dimensions
23 cm.
Edition
First edition.
Extent
169 p.
Isbn
9780805242461
Lccn
2015049370

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