The Moscow State Yiddish Theater

The Moscow State Yiddish Theater

Jewish Culture on the Soviet Stage
Veidlinger, Jeffrey
Distribution: World
Publication date: 10/18/2006
Format: Paperback 49 b&w photos, 1 bibliog., 1 index
ISBN: 978-0-253-21892-6
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Winner, 2001 National Jewish Book Award, Yiddish Language and CultureWinner, 2001 Barnard Hewitt Award, American Society of Theatre ResearchA Choice Outstanding Academic Book of 2001

Jeffrey Veidlinger relates a fascinating and little-known piece of history.... [He] distills a remarkable amount of research into a pithy, well-turned account that will interest readers of cultural and political history." —Publishers Weekly

Drawing from newly available archives, Jeffrey Veidlinger uses the dramatic story of the Moscow State Yiddish Theater, the premiere secular Jewish cultural institution of the Soviet era, to demonstrate how Jewish writers and artists were able to promote Jewish national culture within the confines of Soviet nationality policies.

Published with the generous support of the Lucius N. Littauer Foundation.

Author Bio

Jeffrey Veidlinger is Associate Professor of History and Jewish Studies and Associate Director of the Borns Jewish Studies Program at Indiana University.

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Jeffrey Veidlinger relates a fascinating and little—known piece of history. . . . [He] distills a remarkable amount of research into a pithy, well—turned account that will interest readers of cultural and political historJeffrey Veidlinger's book, The Moscow State Yiddish Theater: Jewish Culture on the Soviet Stage, is an overdue addition to the growing body of scholarly work on Yiddish theatre. This first comprehensive study of the GOSET in English is geared toward a wide-ranging readership. For the historian, Veidlinger clearly presents the intrusion of totalitarian politics into artistic activities; for the theatre scholar, he provides evocative details and illustrative descriptions of the theatre's artistic work.. Veidlinger's seminal study, The Moscow State Yiddish Theater: Jewish Culture on the Soviet Stage, does an important work in bringing it to the attention of the English-speaking audienceA product of in-depth research in Yiddish, Hebrew, Russian and English ['The Moscow State Yiddish Theater'] not only furthers our knowledge of the Yiddish theater in the Soviet Union, but it also deepens and revises our understanding of the Kremlin's policy toward Jewish society and culture from 1919 to the early 1950s.Jeffrey Veidlinger's thoroughly researched, engagingly written, and richly informative book tackles these issues through the tale of the rise and fall of the Moscow State Yiddish Theater. The choice of the Moscow Theater is ingenious.. Veidlinger's analysis of the increasingly unbridgable agendas of the Soviet regime and the Jewish cultural elite is on the mark, especially the watershed of World War II.. Veidlinger's book is an important and much—needed contribution to the literature on oviet nationality policy in general and Soviet Jewry in particula

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments
A Note on Transliteration and Translation
Introduction: Soviet Jewish Culture or Soviet Culture in Yiddish?
1. "Let's Perform a Miracle": The Creation of the Moscow State Yiddish Theater
2. Comrades from the Center: State, Party, and Stage
3. Wandering Stars: Tour and Reconstruction
4. The Court Is in Session: Judgment Postponed
5. Where Are the Maccabees?: The Heroic Past
6. One Generation Passes Away: The Great Terror
7. Brother Jews: Mikhoels and the Jewish Anti-Fascist Committee
8. Our People Live: The Yiddish Theater during World War II
9. This Is a Bad Omen: The Last Act
Conclusion: The Moscow State Yiddish Theater
Notes
Bibliography
Index