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On #FirstSurvivor and the Russian-Jewish Holocaust experience

January 27, 2019 / Comments Off on On #FirstSurvivor and the Russian-Jewish Holocaust experience
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Walking to the site of a Holocaust mass grave in Romanow, Ukraine

Today is Holocaust Memorial Day—sharing some thoughts on the Russian-Jewish Holocaust experience. There’s a thread making its way around Twitter about #FirstSurvivors, asking people about the first survivor they ever met. This was my response, which I’m posting here too, with some tweaks, before it disappears into the abyss of updates. Like many #SovietJews there’s…

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Wind of no change and KGB anniversaries

July 13, 2012 / Comments Off on Wind of no change and KGB anniversaries

Last week, after my post on Hammer and Tickle, I looked up “Wind of Change”, which is featured in the documentary. For those of you not schooled in the nuances of hipness, this is one of those songs one never admits to have stuck in your head. Or to have looked up on YouTube. I…

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Monday Links – Russia loves Raymond, nobody loves cannibalism edition

March 28, 2011 / Comments Off on Monday Links – Russia loves Raymond, nobody loves cannibalism edition
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Exporting Raymond movie poster

This week’s links round-up starts with a snicker before getting into the heavy stuff. “And then, the Russians called…” – Global Post The creator of Everyone Loves Raymond is invited to make a Russian version of the show. Of course he makes a video about it. Of course you should watch it. Muscovite Lives, Entangled…

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Caught between Stalin and Hitler: On not bridging gaps between old and new

November 18, 2010 / Comments Off on Caught between Stalin and Hitler: On not bridging gaps between old and new
Russian Jews Holocaust fund fraud

The poison inside the people who allegedly defrauded the Holocaust fund would be inside you, too, if you had lived as Jews in the Soviet Union. Whatever their sins, these people are heroes, too, for having survived it. The struggle to defeat its legacy requires a daily application of conscience and will, even for members…

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Baby dictator photos art project explores nature of evil and motherhood

June 9, 2010 /
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Baby dictator photos - baby dressed up as Stalin

I have conflicted feelings about mommy blogging. It’s an activity which, like much of online living, presupposes some kind of inherent relevance to your personal life. But what about the child as art canvas? I’m not talking Sally Mann or Tierney Gearon style photographs of their children in day-to-day life. I’m talking about costuming and…

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Soviet gulags just not sexy enough for the zeitgeist

June 2, 2010 / Comments Off on Soviet gulags just not sexy enough for the zeitgeist
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Cover of Purge by Sofi Oksanen

I just finished reading Purge by Sofi Oksanen, recently translated into English from Finnish. I’ve been slowly reading for about a week now, but then halfway through, I suddenly got much more into it, and finished the entire book in a night. It’s not a book to read before bed, in case you also plan…

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