Ben G. Frank

At 70, Jewish Autonomous Region Gets a Face-lift

LETTER FROM BIROBIDZHANWherever you went last month in Birobidzhan — crossing the road, pausing on the sidewalk, entering a store or public building — you couldn’t escape the city’s frantic makeover. The capital of Russia’s so-called Jewish Autonomous Region, one of the odder footnotes of 20th-century Jewish