‘Pawn Sacrifice’ tells the story of the 1972 World Chess Championship in Iceland, a Cold War match between Boris Spassky of the Soviet Union and American Bobby Fischer
George Orwell would wince at the Russian leader’s gross distortions of history
The murdered opposition leader represented the dilemmas of the Jewish politician in Putin’s Russia
Russian liberals see the late opposition leader as a martyr, but he was also a player in the post-Soviet power grab that is still unfolding
‘The Left Front’ highlights American art made for the Soviet Union’s official “Jewish homeland”
Eastern Bloc liberalism changed the Former Soviet Union and now Ukraine. Will the Velvet Revolution end there?
The post-Soviet, postmodern illiberal kleptocracy as a harbinger and warning bell for—the West?
She was an enforcer of liberal morality in the face of cultish leader worship in the former Soviet Union. Who can take up her mantle?
What role does America play in Jewish life, and by extension what kind of Jewish literature can be created here?
The anti-Israelism and anti-Semitism of Iranian intellectuals is especially troubling for one former comrade
In search of the traces of my refugee transit camp in Vienna, on my way to America
‘The Zhivago Affair’ is a detailed reconstruction of one of the most fascinating of the Cold War’s cultural skirmishes
My father used to share his harrowing childhood memories every year at the Seder. Now I make sure his memories will survive.
But now the country’s Jewish community is divided between those lining up with Moscow and those joining the revolution in Kiev
A new history and film remind amnesiac Russia of the individual lives shattered and disfigured by Stalinist oppression
The AK-47 creator blames the Nazis for his calling as a gun designer
Reigniting criticism of the country’s equation of the Holocaust and Soviet occupation
Ella German declined Oswald’s proposal, putting him on course to return to the U.S.—where he would assassinate the president
Fought to record anti-gay violations in State Department’s human rights report
‘The nostalgia is real, but so is the revulsion for the regime,’ writes Anya Von Bremzen in ‘Mastering the Art of Soviet Cooking’
A new book by Lt. Gen. Ion Pacepa describes a Cold War effort to promote the ‘Protocols of the Elders of Zion’ in the Arab world
In the heart of Kashmir, where happiness was a warm AK-47, the weapon was my voice, and my dream
Long-lost and suppressed classics with complicated depictions of the Shoah have found a revivalist champion
The Syrian civil war puts Moscow’s relations with the West, Turkey, the Gulf States, and Israel to a serious test
Why the U.S.-Israel alliance may be returning to its Cold War roots
World War II hero Witold Pilecki infiltrated the death camp and reported to the Polish high command
Why couldn’t Soviet Jews see the dictator—who died 60 years ago—for the anti-Semitic murderer that he was?
Plus President Obama addresses BBYO International Convention
Jews flocked to retreats like Marienbad, but what couldn’t be healed was Europe’s anti-Semitism
A film and several books spotlight the 1970s—when the city embraced Soviet Jews, and a new world was born