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A century of ambivalence : the Jews of Russia and the Soviet by Zvi Gitelman

By Zvi Gitelman

Now again in print in a brand new edition!
A Century of Ambivalence
The Jews of Russia and the Soviet Union, 1881 to the Present
Second, accelerated Edition
Zvi Gitelman

A richly illustrated survey of the Jewish ancient adventure within the Russian Empire, the Soviet Union, and the post-Soviet era.

"Anyone with even a passing curiosity within the background of Russian Jewry probably want to personal this splendid... book." ―Janet Hadda, la Times

"... a badly wanted old point of view on Soviet Jewry.... [Gitelman] is evenhanded in his remedy of varied classes and issues, in addition to in his total overview of the Soviet Jewish experience.... A Century of Ambivalence is illuminated by means of a unprecedented selection of photos that vividly replicate the hopes, triumphs and agonies of Russian Jewish life." ―David E. Fishman, Hadassah journal

"Wonderful photographs of well-known personalities, unknown villagers, small hamlets, markets and communal buildings mix with the textual content to create an uplifting [book] for a large and basic audience." ―Alexander Orbach, Slavic Review

"Gitelman’s textual content presents an incredible observation and cautious old explanation.... His portrayal of the promise and disillusionment, desire and melancholy, highbrow restlessness succeeded by way of quick repression enlarges the reader’s knowing of the dynamic forces at the back of one of the most very important events in modern Jewish life." ―Jane S. Gerber, Bergen Jewish News

"... a lucid and fairly aim renowned historical past that expertly threads its approach during the dizzying reversals of the Russian Jewish experience." ―Village Voice

A century in the past the Russian Empire contained the biggest Jewish neighborhood on this planet, numbering approximately 5 million humans. this day, the Jewish inhabitants of the previous Soviet Union has diminished to part 1000000, yet continues to be most likely the world’s 3rd biggest Jewish neighborhood. within the intervening century the Jews of that region were on the middle of a few of the main dramatic occasions of recent history―two international wars, revolutions, pogroms, political liberation, repression, and the cave in of the USSR. they've got passed through tumultuous upward and downward financial and social mobility and skilled nice enthusiasms and profound disappointments. In startling images from the documents of the YIVO Institute for Jewish learn and with a full of life and lucid narrative, A Century of Ambivalence lines the ancient adventure of Jews in Russia from a interval of creativity and repression within the moment half the nineteenth century throughout the paradoxes posed by means of the post-Soviet period. This redesigned version, together with greater than two hundred pictures and big new chapters at the destiny of Jews and Judaism within the former Soviet Union, is perfect for basic readers and school room use.

Zvi Gitelman is Professor of Political technology and Director of the Jean and Samuel Frankel heart for Judaic stories on the college of Michigan. he's writer of Jewish Nationality and Soviet Politics: The Jewish Sections of the CPSU, 1917–1930 and editor of sour Legacy: Confronting the Holocaust within the USSR (Indiana college Press).

Published in organization with YIVO Institute for Jewish Research

Contents
Introduction
Creativity as opposed to Repression: The Jews in Russia, 1881–1917
Revolution and the Ambiguities of Liberation
Reaching for Utopia: development Socialism and a brand new Jewish Culture
The Holocaust
The Black Years and the grey, 1948–1967
Soviet Jews, 1967–1987: To Reform, Conform, or Leave?
The "Other" Jews of the previous USSR: Georgian, imperative Asian, and Mountain Jews
The Post-Soviet period: Winding Down or initiating Again?
The Paradoxes of Post-Soviet Jewry

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Matters were made worse by the fact that all the time we were filming we were longing to make a full-length work—or, as we wrongly imagined, a 'real' film. In fact, making a short film is almost harder than making a full-length one: it demands an unerring sense of form. But in those days we were exercised above all by ambitious ideas of production and organisation, while the concept of the film as a work of art consistently eluded us. As a result we were incapable of taking advantage of our work on the short film in order to define our own aesthetic aims.

So the inverted perspective in ancient Russian painting, the denial of Renaissance perspective, expresses the need to throw light on certain spiritual problems which Russian painters, unlike their Italian counterparts of the Quattrocento, had taken upon themselves. ) If we round off its date of birth, cinema can be said to be contemporary with the twentieth century. That is no accident. It means that about a hundred years ago the point was reached when a new muse had to emerge. Cinema was the first art form to come into being as a result of a technological invention, in answer to a vital need.

But that mysterious blurring is not the way to achieve a true filmic impression of dreams or memories. 71 The cinema is not, and must not be, concerned with borrowing effects from the theatre. What then is needed? First of all we need to know what sort of dream our hero had. We need to know the actual, material facts of the dream: to see all the elements of reality which were refracted in that layer of the consciousness which kept vigil through the night (or with which a person functions when he sees some picture in his imagination).

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