Fifty years ago tonight, the brutal crackdown on Prague Spring marked a turning point after which Western communists and fellow travelers could no longer ignore the Soviet Union’s ruthlessness.
The scholars, historians, and political advisers who shaped the West’s understanding of Nazi Germany, the Soviet Union, and the Islamist Middle East, make way now for—what?
Gorbachev dismantled his country’s empire. He was either visionary or crazy. Is Donald Trump now doing the same to America’s global hegemony? If so, why?
Under communism, Soviet Jews ate plov, pork-laden sosiski, and ‘herring under fur coat.’ But does that make those dishes ‘Jewish food’?
And are we now on the eve of the emergence of a new, Fifth International?
America’s greatest Marxist theoretician, Sidney Hook, identified Communism’s catastrophic cultism and the devastating splits it would cause in worldwide labor movements, and yet the Bolshevik mystique endured. Why?
An émigré travels in Chile with his wife and daughters
Marvin Kalb remembers meeting the Cold War Soviet leader and his general, in ‘The Year I Was Peter the Great,’ a memoir of Moscow, 1956
100 years ago today the Bolsheviks seized power in Petrograd
Readers of the world, unite!
Perpetuating the romance of the Bolshevik regime, whose ‘good intentions’ cannot mask the horrors imposed in its name
Polish poet and essayist Adam Zagajewski’s extravagant and miraculous new collection, ‘Slight Exaggeration,’ takes on banality and vulgarity through elegant art
The Russian dissident, whose ‘Babi Yar’ poem continues to captivate, has died at 83
A trip to the ‘old’ circus with imaginary Jewish clowns
‘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
‘The Left Front’ highlights American art made for the Soviet Union’s official “Jewish homeland”
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?