Soviet Jewry books: A reading assignment

Russian Reading List for trip

I made a reading list! Or “curated” if you want to be fancy about it. You all should go read it. It’s for the Jewish Book Council and covers what I consider some of the best reading on Soviet Jewish history.

The books are:

When They Come for Us, We’ll be Gone: The Epic Struggle to Save Soviet Jewry (Gal Beckerman)

Through Soviet Jewish Eyes: Photography, War, and the Holocaust (David Shneer)

Soviet and Kosher: Jewish Popular Culture in the Soviet Union, 1923-1939 (Anna Shternshis)

The Soviet Jewish Americans (Annelise Orleck)

The Jews of Silence (Elie Wiesel)

The Road: Stories, Journalism and Essays (Vasily Grossman)

Please take a moment to check it out. If I’ve missed something, leave a comment (or drop me a line) and make your case. I’m also working on a corresponding fiction list. If you have a favourite Soviet or Russian Jewish writer, I’d love to hear about it in the comments below.

Jewish Book Council – Soviet Jewry Books Reading List

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  1. Daniel on February 7, 2012 at 8:53 am

    Hi Lea,

    It appears that you’ve posted an invalid 404 “Page Not Found” link.

    • Lea Zeltserman on February 7, 2012 at 9:08 am

      Thanks for the heads up Daniel. Should be working now.

  2. Daniel on February 8, 2012 at 10:30 am

    Thanks for your warp speed reaction 🙂
    Btw, forgot telling you, you do an amazing job. Indeed.

  3. Eugina Gelbelman on February 19, 2012 at 5:47 am

    A Foreign Woman by Sergei Dovlatov is wonderful. It deals with the third wave experience in NYC.