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THE J EWS I N R U S S I A
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deep concern about the plight of the Jews in the
USSR has led to the recent organization of the American
Jewish Conference on Soviet Jewry. The Conference is seeking
to sensitize community feeling and to mobilize community action
purposing to alleviate the discriminatory practices and thus pre-
vent the total forced spiritual assimilation of the Jews in the
Soviet Union. Among the numerous injustices perpetrated by the
Soviet government have been the execution of Jewish writers, the
denial of adequate facilities for publishing Jewish books and
periodicals, and the extreme strictures against the pursuit of
Jewish learning.
Prior to the 1917 revolution, despite the constant oppression
under the tsars, Russian Jewry exercised a salient influence on
and made enduring contributions to Jews in the western world.
A knowledge of Jewish life in Russia, both under the tsars and
under the Soviet regime, will lead to an intelligent understanding
of the present situation and of the loss world Jewry is sustaining.
The books listed below present a composite picture on a broad
canvas of the history and life of Russian Jewry and the hazards
now confronting it. Intended for general use by interested indi-
viduals rather than for researchers and scholars, this bibliography
is limited to books in the English language. Much excellent
pamphlet and periodical material has been excluded as well as
important volumes in other languages. Priority has been given to
books in-print and readily available. However, some out-of-print
volumes considered important are included and these are so
designated by an asterisk alongside the author’s name.
The listing is arranged by these categories: History, Biography,
Literature including bibliography, Novels and Short Stories, and
Poetry.
The following persons kindly offered helpful suggestions in the
compilation of this bibliography, although no responsibility for
its final form devolves on them: Dina Abramowicz, librarian,
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