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Soviet Zion : the quest for a Russian Jewish homeland / Allan Laine Kagedan
Bib ID 1907409
Format BookBook
Author
Kagedan, Allan L
 
Description New York : St. Martin's Press, 1994 
xii, 157 p. : maps ; 22 cm. 
ISBN 0312090951
Summary

This book tells the remarkable story of the efforts by leading Russian Jews to secure a Jewish homeland in the Soviet Union. Helped by an improbable alliance of Moscow revolutionaries and New York Jewish philanthropists, this attempt to remake a portion of Soviet Jewry into a prosperous peasant farmer class - and construct a nationality-based republic similar to other Soviet creations - gripped the attention of Jews everywhere. The scheme failed, both in Ukraine and the Crimea, and ultimately led to the creation of the implausible "Jewish Autonomous Region" of Birobidzhan, an enormously distant, infertile, and gloomy piece of the Russian Far East. However, as an attempt to create a Soviet alternative to the Jewish settlements in Palestine and as a cautionary tale about policy-making in a multi-ethnic state, this remains a fascinating and (until now) oddly neglected area of Jewish history.

Full contents
  • 1. Anti-Semitism, Anticapitalism, and Jewish Colonization
  • 2. Establishing the Partnership for Jewish Colonization
  • 3. Yuri Larin and the Soviet Jewish Technocratic Elite
  • 4. Mikhail Kalinin and Soviet Political Leadership
  • 5. James Rosenberg and the American Jewish Community
  • 6. Simeon Dimanshtein and the Jewish Communists
  • 7. The Antagonists: Russians, Ukrainians, Crimean Tatars
  • 8. Crimea Defeated
  • 9. To a Jewish Land: The Soviet Jewish Territories
  • 10. Death and Determination: War, Revival, and the Final Defeat of the Territorial Idea.
 
Notes

Includes bibliographical references (p. [145]-151) and index.

Subjects Jews -- Soviet Union -- History.

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