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Metamorphosis in Prague

On the 30-year anniversary of the Velvet Revolution ending Communism in Czechoslovakia, notes on how to transform a one-party state into a democracy in a matter of weeks

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Banquo’s Ghost and the Fall of Hungarian Communism

The 30th anniversary of the nation’s liberation is troubled not only by its past but also by its present

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Who Won the Cold War?

How change swept across central Europe 30 years ago this fall

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The Cool Kids

Self-mutilation as a Jewish cultural strategy and the sad history of the Yevsektsiya

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Red Eric

A worthy new biography of the late historian Eric Hobsbawm shows the ardent communist in the crucible of the 20th century

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Joseph Eliyia, the Jewish Messiah of Greek Poetry

How two fundamental pillars of Western thought—classical Greek rationalism and monotheistic Jewish faith—collided in a remote area of the archipelago to produce a short-lived but influential communist

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Albania’s Post-Communist Rebirth Gets a Jewish Twist

A visit to the only Jewish museum in Albania—Europe’s most Muslim nation and Islam’s most secular

 

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Allen Ginsberg Goes Behind the Iron Curtain

Newly edited travel journals from 1965 show the poet infatuated and disillusioned with communist Cuba, Czechoslovakia, the Soviet Union, and Poland

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Message From a Yiddish Werewolf

A 1920s epic poem about fear, and Jewish vulnerability, that could have been about 1944—or 2018

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A Cool Kid Communist Comeback

Tablet is publishing works analyzing the state of the American left as part of an ongoing feature inspired by Paul Berman’s series of essays on the subject. The latest examines what’s behind the current revival of Communist-inspired politics, and where it’s leading.

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The Phantom Menace of Judeo-Bolshevism

How a political fantasy became an excuse for genocidal anti-Semitism

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The Nicaraguan Rebellion and its Jews and Indians

The 19th of April Student Movement, with its political antecedents in converso history, looks to bring down the last incarnation of Daniel Ortega’s Sandinistas

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A Beast of Unknown Origins

May Day: The surprising Jewish origins of the animated character who taught a generation of Soviet children to be good communists

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Have ‘Left’ and ‘Right’ Outlived Their Meaning?

And are we now on the eve of the emergence of a new, Fifth International?

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Why Did Russian Jews Support the Bolshevik Revolution?

100 years ago today the Bolsheviks seized power in Petrograd

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Introducing Soviet Union Week at Tablet

Readers of the world, unite!

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My Life on a Socialist Kibbutz in Brooklyn, and What I Learned There

Looking back on an American and Jewish experiment in communal living

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Why Do American Jews Idealize Soviet Communism?

Perpetuating the romance of the Bolshevik regime, whose ‘good intentions’ cannot mask the horrors imposed in its name

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When May Day Was a Major Event in Israel

In some Israeli communities, the international workers holiday was just as important as the Jewish holidays

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Fanaticism and the New York State Parole Board

The case of Judith Clark

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The Forgotten Holocaust: The Films of Boris Maftsir

An Israeli filmmaker works to revive the neglected, terrible history of Shoah victims in the Soviet Union

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Cuban Solidarity and the Death of the Tyrant

How Fidel Castro’s libertarian exiles found unlikely allies through the Yiddish press

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Ukraine’s Post-Soviet Identity Through the Murky Lens of Its Statues

The Ukrainian government announced this week a new statue dedicated to a controversial nationalist. Elsewhere, scores of Lenin monuments are being torn down. But Soviet nostalgia remains ubiquitous.

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‘Against Everything’ Is a Brilliant Exercise in Hope

Mark Greif’s thought-provoking new collection of essays defiantly refuses to lay waste our powers, getting and spending

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Epidemics of Insanity: Euripides, Mao, and Qutb

How virulent contagions of political fanaticism spread across the globe—or, what the Muslim Brotherhood and its descendants share with The Little Red Book

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‘Don’t Your People Got None of Your Own Music?’

Confessions of a Jewish teenage folkie

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Occupy Wall Street! The Jewish CP-Friendly 1930s Version

‘The Left Front’ highlights American art made for the Soviet Union’s official “Jewish homeland”

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Mark Greif’s Brilliant Contribution to the History of Ideas

‘The Age of the Crisis of Man’ traces the fall and rise of individualist pragmatism in America

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In a Box of Old Letters, a Romance Is Reborn After 70 Years

After I found a collection of love letters at a flea market, I spent years diving deep into another family’s relationships

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The Forgotten Founder of ‘Partisan Review’ Wrote Porn and Thrillers

What happened when Kenneth Fearing’s Communist sympathies came up against his ideas about art?

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