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The Soviet Jewish Experience

 

Jewish Studies 233; 3 credits

Dr. Anna Paretskaya

Monday & Wednesday, 4:00-5:15 PM

 

This class will survey major trends in Jewish life in Russia and the Soviet Union since the Bolshevik Revolution in 1917. We will start with the discussion of the affinity between the Jews and socialism and then explore changing policies of the Soviet government towards the Jews, Jewish migrations from shtetl to metropolis, the role of the Jews in the arts and sciences, the resurgence of antisemitism, the rise of the Zionist movement, the peculiar Soviet Jewish identity tied not to religion but to more general cultural practices, and the ultimate emigration of the majority of the Soviet Jews to the State of Israel. In the course of this class we discuss what was “Jewish” and what was “Soviet” in the Soviet Jewish experience, as well as how it differed from the 20th century experience of Israeli and American Jews. This class will also provide a window into life in a state-socialist society more generally.

 

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