A century of ambivalence : the Jews of Russia and the Soviet Union, 1881 to the present

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A century of ambivalence : the Jews of Russia and the Soviet Union, 1881 to the present
Call No: 947.08 G53c

Call Number947.08 G53c
Dates[1988]; ©1988
Statement of ResponsibilityZvi Gitelman.
Creators & ContributorsGitelman, Zvi Y. (author)
Yivo Institute for Jewish Research (contributor)
Jewish Museum (New York, N.Y.) (venue)
Summary"Few Jewish populations have experienced as many dramatic upheavals in the course of three or four generations as the Jews of Russia and the Soviet Union, who comprised the largest single concentration of Jews in the world for much of the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. A Century of Ambivalence, containing over 380 photographs, documents Jewish life in the Soviet Union over the course of one hundred years. These rare photographs, the subject of a major exhibition at the Jewish Museum in New York, were drawn from the vast archives of the YIVO Institute for Jewish Research and from private collections. The story of Soviet Jewry is one of soaring optimism and bitter disillusionments, as revealed in the accompanying text by Zvi Gitelman... He describes the major events of each era in this history, including the decades of tsarist repression, the Revolution and its aftermath, the ambitious social experiments of the 1920s, the purges of the 1930s, the Holocaust in occupied Russia, and life under Stalin and Khrushchev. He also discusses the non-European Jews of Georgia and Central Asia, and the growing movement for the right to emigrate that emerged after the Six Day War. A concluding chapter takes up the ambiguities of glasnost and what it means for Soviet Jews." —Book jacket
  1. Creativity versus repression: the Jews in Russia, 1881–1917
  2. Revolution and the ambiguities of liberation
  3. Reaching for utopia: building socialism and a new Jewish culture
  4. The Holocaust
  5. The black years and the gray, 1948–1967
  6. Soviet Jews, 1967–1987: to reform, conform, or leave?
  7. The "other" Jews of the USSR: Georgian, Central Asian, and Mountain Jews
  8. A century of ambivalence
Physical Description xv, 336 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm
Carrier Typevolume
PublisherNew York : Schocken Books, published in cooperation with YIVO Institute for Jewish Research
DistributorNew York : Pantheon Books
EditionFirst Edition
  • "Photographs from the collections of the YIVO Institute for Jewish Research, exhibited at the Jewish Museum in New York in Feb. 1988" —Title page verso
  • "Companion vol. to: Image before my eyes / Lucjan Dobroszycki and Barbara Kirshenblatt-Gimblett, 1977" —Title page verso
  • Includes bibliographical references (pages 326–332) and indexes
RecognitionGifted by Ronnie Tessler