Sasha Senderovich’s story is an exception to the typical experience of younger Russian Jews, who found it all but impossible to convince relatives to shift course.
In “Where the Jews Aren’t,” Masha Gessen tells “The Sad and Absurd Story of Birobidzhan, Russia’s Jewish Autonomous Region.”
The Holocaust is usually portrayed in film by the horrifying death camps. But Soviet Jews made up nearly half of Shoah victims — and a new book explores their plight.
A Jew was among the victims of the 1991 coup attempt that helped precipitate the downfall of the Soviet Union. His funeral marked a clean break with the past.
Between 1929 and 1935, Yiddish writer Moyshe Kulbak (1896-1937) published a comic novel called “The Zelmenyaners” serially in the Minsk-based Yiddish language monthly Shtern.The novel told the story of a family courtyard in Minsk, in Soviet Belorussia, which was being progressively transformed through aggressive Soviet modernization.