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sort of unorganized resistance, a reply to the policy of forced
assimilation promoted by the authorities. When all is told and
all is counted, some Yiddish writing of the post-Stalin era will
be considered akin to Ehrenburg’s
T he Thaw
in Russian post-
Stalin lite ra tu re—no t from the po in t of view of content, bu t
because it represents a breakthrough in the official tabus on
Yiddish expression which survived Stalin’s dea th by some five
or six years. Th is not very talented Yiddish literature has per­
formed, no t always consciously, the role of a road-breaker,
perhaps preparing the way for better things for Russian Jews
one distant day.
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