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Soviet-Jewish Decade Top 10: Yiddish Glory

December 24, 2019 / Comments Off on Soviet-Jewish Decade Top 10: Yiddish Glory
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Soviet-Jewish Decade Top Picks - Yiddish Glory album

My second pick for the top Soviet-Jewish works of the past decade is Yiddish Glory: Lost Songs of World War II, which has completely changed what we thought we knew about how Soviet Jews made sense of the war. Its significance cannot be overstated.

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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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In which I am immersed in Russian music but would have preferred herring

March 31, 2011 / Comments Off on In which I am immersed in Russian music but would have preferred herring
Jars of herring in the fridge

I was at a wedding this past weekend. Both parties are Russian Jews, who left shortly after communism collapsed, and both have maintained a strong Russian (/Soviet) Jewish identity. Unfortunately, this did not translate into a dinner of herring and pickled tongue, but rather, into an evening of almost exclusively Russian music – actually more…

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Soviet! History! Music! Video! Tetris!

August 28, 2010 /

Friends in London just sent me this. ‘This’ is the entire history of the Soviet Union to tetris. No, really. It is genius and you should watch it. The band is called Pig With The Face of a Boy, “the world’s best neo-post-post-music hall anti-folk band.” I did not make any of that up. It really says…

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