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Shush! : growing up Jewish under Stalin : a memoir

Author: Emil Draitser
Publisher: Berkeley : University of California Press, ©2008.
Series: S. Mark Taper Foundation imprint in Jewish studies.
Edition/Format:   Print book : Biography : EnglishView all editions and formats
Publication:ACLS Humanities E-Book.
"The old man wears a skullcap, and I m puzzled and secretly irritated: why declare to everybody that you re a Jew?" Growing up in Odessa in Soviet Ukraine in the post-Holocaust years, under Stalin, Draitser despises his Jewish identity. Mocked at school, he absorbs the virulent anti-Semitism. He hates Yiddish. Now a professor of Russian at Hunter College in New York, he looks back, blending historical overview with  Read more...

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Genre/Form: Autobiographies
Additional Physical Format: (DLC) 2008003979
Named Person: Emil Draitser; Emil Draitser; Emil Draitser
Material Type: Biography, Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Emil Draitser
ISBN: 9780520254466 0520254465
OCLC Number: 191846918
Description: xiii, 301 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations ; 24 cm.
Contents: How I failed my motherland --
Fathers at war --
Path to paradise --
What's in a name! --
Black shawl --
Us against them --
I don't want to have relatives! --
Friends and enemies --
The girl of my dreams --
How they laugh in Odessa --
Papa and the Soviets --
A dependent --
Without declarations --
Who's who --
A strange orange --
Who are you? --
One Passover in Odessa --
On commissars, cosmopolites, and lightbulb inventors --
Them! --
No kith, no kin --
Grandpa Uri --
Missing Mikhoels --
Black on white --
Time like glass --
The death of Stalin.
Series Title: S. Mark Taper Foundation imprint in Jewish studies.
Responsibility: Emil Draitser.
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A memoir that describes the author's childhood and presents an account of midtwentieth-century life in Russia as the young author struggles to reconcile the harsh values of Soviet society with the  Read more...


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"Whimsical, heartfelt and candid." Kirkus Reviews "This painful and acutely observed memoir will resonate with many readers." Publishers Weekly "Speaks volumes about the steep price of decades of Read more...

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