Friday, March 20, 2009

Many years after coming to America from Odessa in Soviet Ukraine,Emil Draitser, realized that every time he uttered the word "Jewish"--even in casual conversation--he lowered his voice. In his memoir Shush! Growing Up Jewish Under Stalin he tells how this habit formed during his childhood in the anti-Semitic, post-Holocaust Soviet Union, and presents a sweeping panorama of two centuries of Jewish history in Russia.


Emil Draitser,

Comments [4]


Michael from Aberdeen,

How old are you?
You need to do your homework, it helps prevent you from putting your foot in your mouth.

Mar. 21 2009 04:40 PM
Michael from Aberdeen, NJ

Sorry but Hitler and Stalin were not opposites at all: they were two variations on the same theme. The former was a national socialist while the latter was an international socialist.

Mar. 20 2009 12:28 PM

Pat Buchanan in his new book contends that the holocaust by the Nazi's would not have happened if there was no WW2. In fact, by the time the famous pact was created (Hitler/Stalin) Stalin was far greater a mass murderer than Hitler. If there had been WW2. Would jews have been better off under Hitler than Stalin?

Mar. 20 2009 12:11 PM
George from Bay Ridge

Can you touch upon anti-semitism in modern Russia?

Mar. 20 2009 09:52 AM

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