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Religion and Jewish Identity in the Soviet Union, 1941-1964

By Mordechai Altshuler, Saadya Sternberg (Translated by)

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Format: Paperback, 334 pages
Published In: United States, 01 July 2012
This illuminating study explores the role of religious institutions in the makeup of Jewish identity in the former Soviet Union, against the backdrop of the government's antireligion policies from the 1940s to the 1960s. Foregrounding instances of Jewish public and private activities centered on synagogues and prayer groups-paradoxically the only Jewish institutions sanctioned by the government-Altshuler dispels the commonly held perception of Soviet Jewry as "The Jews of Silence" and reveals the earliest stirrings of Jewish national sentiment that anticipated the liberation movement of the 1960s and 1970s.

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MORDECHAI ALTSHULER is professor emeritus in The Avraham Harman Institute of Contemporary Jewry, Hebrew University of Jerusalem.

EAN: 9781611682724
ISBN: 161168272X
Publisher: Brandeis University Press
Dimensions: 23.5 x 15.6 x 2.3 centimetres (0.54 kg)
Age Range: 15+ years
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