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The Moscow State Yiddish Theater: Jewish Culture on the Soviet Stage (Jewish Literature and Culture) Paperback – October 18, 2006
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From the more recent information, it seems that Stalin's entire motive for causing the demise of Jewish/Yiddish theater and culture in the Soviet Union was not anti-Semitic as such but because the Jews were just such easy sacrificial scapegoats... with the end of WWII came the end of Stalin's lifelong dream of international revolution and takeover, which he had worked so hard through the 1930's to coordinate with Hitler, and which Hitler betrayed. Stalin was trying to construct a case for blaming the Jews for an American/Zionist conspiracy of assassination schemes, just so that he could get WWIII going, and another "Purge" would keep the people in terror and himself in power. Sound crazy? Not if you know Stalin's actual character, motives, and lifelong history.
The author's speculations are reasonable educated guesses which probably were similar to efforts of the victims at the time to understand their persecutions, and reports of the witnessed responses and quotes are wonderful for giving insight into these people. All of them were trying to work within the rules and laws, and if there was an arrest or government-sanctioned murder, they internalized the reasons--they themselves did something wrong, or someone somewhere made a mistake.Read more ›