To Defy the Perishing Time

To Defy the Perishing Time The Moscow State Yiddish Theater: Jewish Culture on the Soviet Stage by Jeffrey Veidlinger 2000: Indiana University Press Cubo-Futurist Klezmer: Recordings from the Moscow State Yiddish Theatre (1922 – 1938) 2001: Mel Gordon and J. Hoberman Fifty years ago, on August 12, 1952, thirteen Soviet Jewish activists and writers were executed by Stalin after a secret trial. Yiddishists commemorating the loss of such modernist masters as Dovid Bergelson, Itzik Fefer, Dovid Hofshteyn, Leyb Kvitko, and Peretz Markish have long referred to that date as “The Night of the Murdered Poets.” But the idea that Stalin attacked these Jews because of their art is a myth, argues the scholar Joshua Rubenstein (coeditor of Stalin’s Secret Pogrom: The Postwar Inquisition of the Jewish Anti-Fascist Committee). In 1994, he points out, Russia released documents from the trial revealing that the accused — the five writers were among fifteen defendants — were being punished for their involvement in the Jewish Anti-Fascist Committee ( JAFC), which Stalin had established along with other Soviet anti-Fascist committees after Hitler’s invasion of the USSR in 1941. Rubinstein’s work corrects and completes the record. But the division between cultural and political activity is never so absolute, especially http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Theater Duke University Press

To Defy the Perishing Time

Theater, Volume 33 (1) – Jan 1, 2003

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Duke University Press
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Copyright 2003 by Yale School of Drama/Yale Repertory Theatre
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0161-0775
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1527-196X
DOI
10.1215/01610775-33-1-89
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The Moscow State Yiddish Theater: Jewish Culture on the Soviet Stage by Jeffrey Veidlinger 2000: Indiana University Press Cubo-Futurist Klezmer: Recordings from the Moscow State Yiddish Theatre (1922 – 1938) 2001: Mel Gordon and J. Hoberman Fifty years ago, on August 12, 1952, thirteen Soviet Jewish activists and writers were executed by Stalin after a secret trial. Yiddishists commemorating the loss of such modernist masters as Dovid Bergelson, Itzik Fefer, Dovid Hofshteyn, Leyb Kvitko, and Peretz Markish have long referred to that date as “The Night of the Murdered Poets.” But the idea that Stalin attacked these Jews because of their art is a myth, argues the scholar Joshua Rubenstein (coeditor of Stalin’s Secret Pogrom: The Postwar Inquisition of the Jewish Anti-Fascist Committee). In 1994, he points out, Russia released documents from the trial revealing that the accused — the five writers were among fifteen defendants — were being punished for their involvement in the Jewish Anti-Fascist Committee ( JAFC), which Stalin had established along with other Soviet anti-Fascist committees after Hitler’s invasion of the USSR in 1941. Rubinstein’s work corrects and completes the record. But the division between cultural and political activity is never so absolute, especially

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