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Results of the Conference 'History of Soviet Jewry (1918-1991): New Sources, New Approaches'

A jointly-organized conference of the International Center for the History and Sociology of World War II and Its Consequences and the Research Center of the Jewish Museum and Tolerance Center, with participation from New York University’s “A Comprehensive History of the Jews of the Soviet Union” project (sponsored by Eugene and Zara Shvidler), took place at the library of the Jewish Museum and Tolerance Center on June 15-16, 2016.

The focus of the conference, whose participants came from Russia, the United States, Israel, the United Kingdom, Germany, Lithuania and Latvia, was the political, social, economic and intellectual history of Jews in the Soviet Union. The topics of participants’ papers included everyday life of Jews in the USSR, Zionism and anti-Zionism, Jewish literature, imagery and visual culture, and the effects of war and revolution on the lives of Russian Jewry.