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Anti-Semitism in the Post-Soviet States

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Publication Date: April 2003

Publisher(s): Jerusalem Center for Public Affairs

Author(s): Betsy Gidwitz

Special Collection: Berman Jewish Policy Archive

Topic: Culture and religion (Religion and religious groups)
Social conditions (Social conditions and problems)

Keywords: FSU; Jewish-Christian Relations; Community Relations; Soviet Jewry

Type: Report


The author discusses the level, nature and characteristics of antisemitism currently extant in the former Soviet Union -- specifically Russia and Ukraine, the only post-Soviet states with substantial Jewish populations. The author reviews phenomena including acts of violence committed against Jews (and perceived Jews), violence against other ethnic groups, government antisemitism, fascism, radical political parties, Church antisemitism, and the fragility of Jewish institutions.