The black years of Soviet Jewry, 1939–1953
Call Number947.084 G46b
Statement of ResponsibilityYehoshua A. Gilboa ; translated from the Hebrew by Yosef Shachter and Dov Ben-Abba.
Summary"The Black Years of Soviet Jewry describes in detail the persecution and near obliteration of the Jewish people and culture by the government of the Soviet Union during the critical years of 1939 to 1953. Its chief figure is Stalin, for it was Stalin, more than any other figure in Soviet life, who was the architect of those terrible years. Here is the full story behind the infamous Doctors' Plot Trial of 1953 and the Crimean Affair of 1952; the extensive purges of top Jewish artists, scientists, and intellectuals in the late Forties and early Fifties; the closings and censorings of virtually every Jewish library, school, newspaper, and theater in the country... [Gilboa] describes the political use the Soviet government made of the Jews and how, after the persecution of the Hitler-Stalin pact years, the hopes of Jewish unity were permitted to grow for strategic reasons, and then, when their usefulness was over, promptly squashed. He talks of Stalin's personal anti-Semitism, the morbid inclinations that propelled him to his suspicions and to his brutal vindictiveness against the Jews." —Book jacket
- The War Years
- "Our Jewish Brethren the World Over!"
- The National Awakening in Soviet Jewish Literature
- The Rootless Cosmopolitans
- A Culture Uprooted—A People Effaced
- The Crimean Affair
- Numerus Clausus, Numerus Nullus
- Kafka in Prague, 1952
- Swindlers and Embezzlers
- Murderers in White Gowns
- The Darkest Days
- Premeditated Anti-Semitism
Physical Description x, 418 pages ; 25 cm
LanguageEnglish, Translated from the Hebrew by Yosef Shachter and Dov Ben-Abba.
PublisherBoston : Little, Brown and Company
- Translation from Hebrew of: ha-Shanim ha-shehorot
- Includes bibliographical references and index
RecognitionGifted by Elizabeth Kavanagh