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Becoming Soviet Jews The Bolshevik Experiment in Minsk

ISBN-10: 0253008220

ISBN-13: 9780253008220

Edition: 2013

Authors: Elissa Bemporad

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Minsk, the present capital of Belarus, was a heavily Jewish city in the decades between the world wars. Recasting our understanding of Soviet Jewish history, Becoming Soviet Jews demonstrates that the often violent social changes enforced by the communist project did not destroy continuities with prerevolutionary forms of Jewish life in Minsk. In contrast to the traditional characterization of the Jewish response to the Soviet regime as anticommunist, Elissa Bemporad reveals the ways in which many Minsk Jews acculturated to Soviet society in the 1920s and 1930s while remaining committed to older social and religious norms of Jewish identity, such as Yiddish culture and education, participation in the Bund, synagogue worship, circumcision, and kosher slaughter.
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Book details

List price: $20.99
Copyright year: 2013
Publisher: Indiana University Press
Publication date: 4/29/2013
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 292
Size: 6.00" wide x 8.75" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 0.880

List of Figures
Acknowledgments
Introduction
Historical Profile of an Eastern European Jewish City
Red Star on the Jewish Street
Entangled Loyalties: The Bund, the Evsektsiia, and the Creation of a "New" Jewish Political Culture
Soviet Minsk: The Capital of Yiddish
Behavior Unbecoming a Communist: Jewish Religious Practice in a Soviet Capital
Housewives, Mothers, and Workers: Roles and Representations of Jewish Women in Times of Revolution
Jewish Ordinary Life in the Midst of Extraordinary Purges: 1934-1939
Conclusion
Notes
Selected Bibliography
Index