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Antisemitism as a Policy Tool in the Soviet Bloc

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Publication Date: January 1970

Publisher(s): American Jewish Committee

Author(s): Maurice Friedberg

Series: American Jewish Year Book vol.71 (1970), pp.123-140

Special Collection: Berman Jewish Policy Archive

Topic: Culture and religion (Religion and religious groups)
Human rights (Human rights promotion and violations)

Keywords: History; Antisemitism; Former Soviet Union (FSU); Public Policy

Type: Report


The author asserts that state-instigated antisemitism has been used as a tool for fostering government policy objectives in the Soviet Union. He explores antisemitism at the end of the Stalinist era, under the Khrushchev regime, and in the aftermath of the Six-Day War. He describes specific usage of antisemitism in Poland, the German Democratic Republic, Czechoslovakia, and Soviet Russia.