The Moscow State Yiddish Theater
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The Moscow State Yiddish Theater

Jewish Culture on the Soviet Stage
Jeffrey Veidlinger
Distribution: World
Publication date: 9/26/2006
Format: paper 376 pages, 50 b&w photos
6.125 x 9.25
ISBN: 978-0-253-21892-6
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Winner, 2001 National Jewish Book Award, Yiddish Language and Culture
Winner, 2001 Barnard Hewitt Award, American Society of Theatre Research
A 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.
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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Table of Contents

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