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Shush! Growing up Jewish under Stalin A Memoir

ISBN-10: 0520254465

ISBN-13: 9780520254466

Edition: 2008

Authors: Emil Draitser

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Many years after making his way to America from Odessa in Soviet Ukraine, Emil Draitser made a startling discovery: every time he uttered the word "Jewish"--even in casual conversation--he lowered his voice. This behavior was a natural by-product, he realized, of growing up in the anti-Semitic, post-Holocaust Soviet Union, when "Shush!" was the most frequent word he heard: "Don't use your Jewish name in public. Don't speak a word of Yiddish. And don't cry over your murdered relatives." This compelling memoir conveys the reader back to Draitser's childhood and provides a unique account of midtwentieth-century life in Russia as the young Draitser struggles to reconcile the harsh values of Soviet society with the values of his working-class Jewish family. Lively, evocative, and rich with humor, this unforgettable story ends with the death of Stalin and, through life stories of the author's ancestors, presents a sweeping panorama of two centuries of Jewish history in Russia.
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Book details

List price: $36.95
Copyright year: 2008
Publisher: University of California Press
Publication date: 9/4/2008
Binding: Hardcover
Pages: 320
Size: 6.50" wide x 9.50" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 1.320
Language: English

acknowledgments
notes on languages and translation
prologue
How I Failed My Motherland
Fathers at War
Path to Paradise
What's in a Name!
Black Shawl
Us Against Them
I Don't Want to Have Relatives!
Friends and Enemies
The Girl of My Dreams
How They Laugh in Odessa
Papa and the Soviets
A Dependent
Without Declarations
Who's Who
A Strange Orange
Who Are You?
One Passover in Odessa
On Commissars, Cosmopolites, and Lightbulb Inventors
Them!
No Kith, No Kin
Grandpa Uri
Missing Mikhoels
Black on White
Time Like Glass
The Death of Stalin
Epilogue
My Genealogical Tree