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Soviet Jewry Since the Death of Stalin: A Twenty-five Year Perspective

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Publication Date: January 1979

Publisher(s): American Jewish Committee

Author(s): Leon Shapiro

Series: American Jewish Year Book vol.79 (1979), pp.77-103

Special Collection: Berman Jewish Policy Archive

Topic: Culture and religion (Religion and religious groups)

Keywords: Antisemitism; Former Soviet Union (FSU); Social Problems; Community Relations

Type: Report

Abstract:

The author asserts that for a proper perspective on the situation of the Jews in the Soviet Union, it is important to understand the special role that Jews play in Soviet nationality doctrine. He explores the legacy of Stalinist-era antisemitism under Khrushchev and Brezhnev. He addresses population, religion, culture, public policies, and Jewish dissidence, and delineates three stages in the development of anti-Jewish bias in the USSR.