Stories of life, death, and divided houses
From the Soviet Yiddishists of the 1920s to the American Jewish Studies Departments of today, blaming Jews for antisemitism doesn’t end well
The Jewish attempt to cancel Israel and Jewish peoplehood
For years, the late Harvard professor Svetlana Boym refused to acknowledge her Soviet self. After her cancer diagnosis, she finally looked backward.
Enjoying ozone gas and trying to avoid politics at Georgia’s Borjomi Palace, which once served generations of Soviet workers
How an alluring radical nihilism seduces believers into forms of extremism
How Soviet anti-Semitism buried Jewish scientists
‘The New York Times’ and the creepy personal and ideological logic of public confessions
Newly edited travel journals from 1965 show the poet infatuated and disillusioned with communist Cuba, Czechoslovakia, the Soviet Union, and Poland
In Memory of R. Adin Even Israel Steinsaltz
Seventy-seven years ago today, a landmark court case on Nazi war crimes began in the southern Russian city of Krasnodar. A Jewish poet in uniform tried to report on it in verse. His struggles challenged the Stalinist doctrine of universalizing the Soviet dead and obfuscating Jewish victimhood.
What lessons can we learn from them today?
Yevgenia Albats was called ‘kikeface’ as a kid in the Soviet Union and went on to become an intrepid reporter in Moscow. Visiting the U.S. recently, she spoke with Tablet about the state of Russian politics and what it’s like for Jews there today.
How Russian Jewish socialists found their cause in Communism, in an excerpt from ‘The Spy Who Changed History’
How change swept across central Europe 30 years ago this fall
Self-mutilation as a Jewish cultural strategy and the sad history of the Yevsektsiya
Communist, capitalist, zionist, and KGB spy—David Karr was a man of many lives
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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