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.