The Birobidzhan Affair: A Yiddish Writer...

The Birobidzhan Affair is the autobiography, a chronicle of heart-rending events recounting Emiot's eight years at hard labor in various work camps in Siberia. Poignant, remarkably understated in tone, it provides evidence of his travails as a Jewish victim of the bitter bureaucracy that was Stalinist Russia.

Author’s preface This is the tragic finale to a dream that periodically had fostered hope in the hearts and minds of many. This is the story of Birobidzhan, an issue that finally called for the impo-sition of severe punishment of those implicated in the shat-tered vision of national revival. Nearly all the chapters of this book were serialized in Yiddish in the New York Jewish Dally Forward from Febru-ary 7 through April 15, 1959. After necessary revision, I now present them to the reader. This is written during a period in world history when superhuman efforts are being made for a world of peace and democracy, for a world in which none of the atrocities of the Hitler era, which had brought about the annihilation of one-third of the Jewish people and many million of our fellow-men, never again could be repeated. This book aims to warn the world against that government and its system, which led to the horrible events herein depicted. Should my story, even in small measure, serve as a reminder to the world, I shall feel that my mission has been accomplished. This is a chronicle of heart- rending events. There was no attempt here at polishing, artistry, or literary embellish-  C h a p t e r Home

The Birobidzhan Affair: A Yiddish Writer in Siberia


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Front matterCopyright PageAuthor's prefaceIntroductionI go to BirobidzhanThe short-lived revivalIn jailFirst interrogationMy first inquisitorOzirsky of the NKVDMy first cellmateOne Yiddish poet, three Japanese generals, and a Russian thiefThe miracleAwaiting trialMy sentenceOn the road to penal servitudeBarbershop attendantBen SlutskyPenal servitudeProfessor S.How to handle a Jew-baiterI become one of the gangMoishe BrodersonWhen Pinke played Kol NidreiThe investigating commissionAvraham Khayim and the Sephardic JewsThe Jewish daughter from RigaWith the Chinese prisonersRepercussions of the Jewish Doctors' Plot300 women prisoners from MongoliaStalin is deadWe are moved to another campThe secret agent and the banditCelebrating the October RevolutionShot while attempting to escapeA Russian heart with a Jewish sighA Latvian of Jewish originTikhiRebellionMay it get no worseMoishe Broderson and Sholom AleichemOn the eve of liberationFarewell to Moishe BrodersonIn the village of StepanovkaBack to BirobidzhanAmong Jews in BirobidzhanMoscowWarsawNew York
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