The Jewish Problem in the Soviet Union: Analysis and Solution

The Jewish Problem in the Soviet Union: Analysis and Solution

The Jewish Problem in the Soviet Union: Analysis and Solution

The Jewish Problem in the Soviet Union: Analysis and Solution

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This is a book about an urgent problem. It deals primarily with Soviet Jews, but inasmuch as Jews everywhere are an integral, and generally intricate, part of the country in which they live, the book necessarily also treats of the country concerned, the Soviet Union. It has been said that no country can rise above the status of its women; it may likewise be said that no country can rise above the status of its Jews. The problem of the Soviet Jews is inescapably the problem of the Soviet Union.

The Soviet authorities deny there is a Jewish problem in their country. Their denial is suspect a priori, since they simultaneously deny that there is a Jewish people in their land, a fact patent to all who visit there. They grant that there are a couple of million Jews in their republics, but refuse to accept the implication thereof. There has never been a community of Jews anywhere in the world who did not have their roots in their great historic tradition and did not regard Jews in other lands as fellow Jews, accepting racially, spiritually, or symbolically their common kinship in Abraham. To say that Soviet Jews have nothing in common, or anything to do, with Jews elsewhere is to run counter to the facts of life. To insist that the Jews in the Soviet Union today have no desire to maintain their national identity, or lack an interest in their own culture, is, certainly for most of the Jews there, a negation of Soviet realities.

Such an unrealistic official view of a Jewish community would be of no consequence in a Capitalist society. If an American President, or the majority party in Congress, made such declarations about the American Jewish community, they would represent no more than a harmless aberration. American Jews would go on with their thousands of institutions and organizations just . . .

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