What made this year’s Remembrance of the “August 12, 1952 Night of the Murdered Poets” Memorial held at the Center for Jewish History unique, was the presence of Ala Zuskin Perelman, daughter of murdered Yiddish actor Benjamin Zuskin.
Vladimir Slepak, the public face of the Soviet Jewry movement in Moscow and the son of a diehard communist passed away on April 23.
Montreal-based Ben Gonshor won the first-ever The David and Clare Rosen Memorial Play Contest for his historical drama “When Blood Ran Red.”
More and more Jewish writers from the former Soviet Union have become household names. Here’s what you have to know about them, from Gary Shteyngart to Anya Ulinich.
“What’s funny is that I’m not self-hating at all. I like myself quite a bit,” Gary Shteyngart, 42, told the Forward’s Yevgeniya Traps earlier this year. Luckily, despite the self-loathing that the author, humorist and star of book trailers (featuring his former student James Franco) affects in his comic persona, Shteyngart is not alone in that positive assessment of his worth. Writing for the Forward, Gal Beckerman — who had previously praised Shteyngart’s 2010 madcap dystopian romp “Super Sad True Love Story” as “hilarious,” “dead-on” and “Rabelaisian” — called the author’s 2014 debut memoir, “Little Failure,” his “best book yet.”
As a Jewish teenager leaving the Soviet Union, Margarita Gokun Silver had high expectations of the West — until she boarded an Austrian train.
The controversial lead witness against Julius and Ethel Rosenberg died in July at 92.
The history of the Soviet Jewry movement is moving for American Jews as a catalyzing force for the community. Lea Zeltserman explains why it leaves Russian Jews cold.
A prominent Russian politician has proposed dividing Ukraine along the lines of an infamous Nazi-Soviet pact and suggested that regions in Western Ukraine hold referendums on breaking away from Kiev.
One thing we know for sure is that 2014 will be a big year for young post-Soviet Jews who write in English. Like Gary Shteyngart, whose forthcoming memoir is already making waves.