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Author Srebrnik, Henry Felix, author.

Title Jerusalem on the Amur : Birobidzhan and the Canadian Jewish communist movement, 1924-1951 / Henry Felix Srebrnik
Published Montreal : McGill-Queen's University Press, ©2008


Description 1 online resource (xxi, 338 pages) : map, portraits
Series McGill-Queen's studies in ethnic history. Series 2 ; 25
McGill-Queen's studies in ethnic history. Series 2 ; 25
Contents Contents -- Illustrations -- Abbreviations and Acronyms -- Preface -- 1 Introduction: Jewish Radicalism, the World Communist Movement, and Birobidzhan -- 2 ICOR as an “Inclusive� Organization, 1924�29 -- 3 The Sectarian Years, 1929�35 -- 4 Canadian ICOR Branches: The First Decade -- 5 An All-Canadian Organization, 1935�39 -- 6 Reuben Brainin: A Maskil for Birobidzhan -- 7 The Jewish Communists in the Second World War -- 8 The Postwar Period and the Formation of the Canadian Birobidjan Committee -- 9 Conclusion: The Cold War and the End of a Dream
AppendixNotes -- Bibliography -- Index -- A -- B -- C -- D -- E -- F -- G -- H -- I -- J -- K -- L -- M -- N -- O -- P -- Q -- R -- S -- T -- U -- V -- W -- X -- Y -- Z
Summary "In 1928 the Soviet Union proposed the establishment of an autonomous socialist Jewish republic in the far eastern reaches of Russian territory. In Birobidzhan the eternal search for a Jewish homeland would be realized and Jews would possess their own institutions, which would function in Yiddish. A "new" Jew would be created, emancipated, and rejuvenated. Although the project was eventually revealed to be a fraud, thousands of left-wing Jews in Canada and the United States passionately supported it and campaigned on its behalf - some even emigrated to Birobidzhan." "The Canadian Jewish Communist movement, an influential ideological voice within the Canadian left, played a major role in the politics of Jewish communities in cities such as Montreal, Toronto, and Winnipeg, as well as many smaller centres, between the 1920s and the 1950s. Jerusalem on the Amur looks at the interlocking group of left-wing Jewish organizations that shared the political views of the Canadian Communist Party and were vocal proponents of policies perceived as beneficial to the Jewish working class. Focusing on the Association for Jewish Colonization in Russia, known by its transliterated acronym as the ICOR, and the Canadian Ambijan Committee, Henry Srebrnik uses Yiddish-language books, newspapers, pamphlets, and other materials to trace the ideological and material support provided by the Canadian Jewish Communist movement to Birobidzhan."--BOOK JACKET
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages 303-322) and index
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Subject Brainin, Reuven, 1862-1939.
Brainin, Reuven, 1862-1939
Canadian Birobidjan Committee
Jewish communists -- Canada -- History
Jews -- Canada -- Politics and government -- 20th century
Communism -- Canada -- History -- 20th century
POLITICAL SCIENCE -- Political Ideologies -- Communism & Socialism.
Jews -- Politics and government
Jewish communists
Birobidzhan (Russia) -- History
Russia (Federation) -- Birobidzhan
Genre/Form Electronic books
Form Electronic book
ISBN 9780773575011