Yale Strom

Stalin’s ‘Jewish State’ Lays Plans

“We are traveling to a distant land,

Our father has the best plan.

To answer the age-old question:

Where can Jews live without trouble?

Past Siberia, next to China: Birobidzhan.” I wrote these lyrics after my first trek to the Jewish Autonomous Region in 2000. I had gone to film this fascinating but little-known piece of