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Author Weinberg, Robert.

Title Stalin's forgotten Zion : Birobidzhan and the making of a Soviet Jewish homeland : an illustrated history, 1928-1996 / Robert Weinberg ; with an introduction by Zvi Gitelman ; photographs edited by Bradley Berman
Published Berkeley : University of California Press, [1998]
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Description 1 online resource (ix, 105 pages) : illustrations, maps
Summary "In 1934 the Soviet government established the Jewish Autonomous Region in a sparsely populated area some five thousand miles east of Moscow. Located along the Sino-Soviet border, the Jewish Autonomous Region, popularly known as Birobidzhan, was designated as the national homeland of Soviet Jewry. The creation of Birobidzhan was part of the Kremlin's effort to establish an enclave where secular Jewish culture rooted in the Yiddish language and socialist beliefs could serve as an alternative to Palestine and resolve a variety of perceived problems besetting Soviet Jews. Birobidzhan still exists today, but despite its continued official status Jews represent only a small minority of the inhabitants of the region." "Drawing on documents from archives in Moscow and Birobidzhan, as well as photograph collections never seen outside Birobidzhan, this book explores both the Kremlin's efforts to create a socialist Jewish homeland and the reasons for the failure of the Birobidzhan experiment. The story of the Soviet Zion sheds light on a host of important historical and contemporary issues regarding Jewish identity, community, and culture. The history of Birobidzhan provides an unusual point of entry both to the "Jewish question" in Russia and to an exploration of the fate of Soviet Jewry under Communist rule."--Jacket
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages 97-98) and index
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Subject Jews -- Russia (Federation) -- Birobidzhan -- History.
Jews -- Russia (Federation) -- Evreĭskai͡a avtonomnai͡a oblastʹ -- History.
Birobidzhan (Russia) -- History.
Evreĭskai͡a avtonomnai͡a oblastʹ (Russia) -- History.
USSR -- Ethnic relations.
Genre/Form History.
Form Electronic book
ISBN 0520919564 (electronic bk.)
0585211051 (electronic bk.)
9780520919563 (electronic bk.)
9780585211053 (electronic bk.)
(cloth ; alk. paper)
(paperback; alk. paper)