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גאָלדע און אירע טעכטער׃ די סאָװעטישע ייִדישע פֿרױען אין דער צײַט פֿון סטאַלינען
Golde and Her Daughters: Soviet Jewish Women Under Stalin
September 15, 2014


"A woman’s path extends from the stove to the door. / Here in the USSR without God, the woman’s path leads everywhere." Bezbozhnik u stanka (The Godless at the workplace), 1927.
Elissa Bemporad, Queens College, CUNY

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װאָס זײַנען געװען די איבערלעבונגען פֿון ייִדישע פֿרױען אונטער סטאַלינען? װי זײַנען זײ געװען אַנדערש פֿון זײערע רוסישע, װײַסרושיסע, און אוקראַיִנישע מיטצײַטלערס? עליסאַ בן-פּורתּ (קװינס קאָלעדזש) באַטראַכט די יחיד-במינודיקע שטריכן פֿון דעם סאָװעטיזאַציע-פּראָצעס בײַ ייִדישע פֿרױען און דעם קולטורקאַמף אַרום סטאַלינס פּרוּװ צו צעשטערן רעליגיעזע טראַדיציעס און שאַפֿן אַ ״נײַע סאָװעטישע ייִדישע פֿרױ.״

What were Jewish women’s experiences under Stalin? How did they differ from their Russian, Belorussian, and Ukrainian counterparts? Elissa Bemporad (Queens College, CUNY) examines the unique features of Jewish women’s encounters with the Sovietization process, and the cultural wars surrounding Stalin’s attempt to eradicate religious culture and create the “New Soviet Jewish Woman.”


Elissa Bemporad is the Jerry and William Ungar Assistant Professor in Eastern European Jewish History and the Holocaust at Queens College, City University of New York. Her book Becoming Soviet Jews: The Bolshevik Experiment in Minsk (Indiana University Press) was awarded the 2013 National Jewish Book Award, and the Fraenkel Prize in Contemporary History for an outstanding work of 20th century history. She is currently working on a social history of the blood libel accusation in the Soviet Union and Poland.
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