Jerusalem on the Amur: Birobidzhan and the Canadian Jewish Communist Movement, 1924-1951 (Google eBook)

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McGill-Queen's Press - MQUP, Jan 1, 2008 - History - 360 pages
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The Canadian Jewish Communist movement, an influential ideological voice within the Canadian left, played a major role in the politics of Jewish communities in cities such as Montreal, Toronto, and Winnipeg, as well as many smaller centres, between the 1920s and the 1950s. Jerusalem on the Amur looks at the interlocking group of left-wing Jewish organizations that shared the political views of the Canadian Communist Party and were vocal proponents of policies perceived as beneficial to the Jewish working class. Focusing on the Association for Jewish Colonization in Russia, known by its transliterated acronym as the ICOR, and the Canadian Ambijan Committee, Henry Srebrnik uses Yiddish-language books, newspapers, pamphlets, and other materials to trace the ideological and material support provided by the Canadian Jewish Communist movement to Birobidzhan.
  

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Contents

Jewish Radicalism the World Communist Movement and Birobidzhan
3
2 ICOR as an Inclusive Organization 192429
20
3 The Sectarian Years 192935
46
The First Decade
71
5 An AllCanadian Organization 193539
102
A Maskil for Birobidzhan
132
7 The Jewish Communists in the Second World War
151
8 The Postwar Period and the Formation of the Canadian Birobidjan Committee
183
The Cold War and the End of a Dream
215
Appendix
229
Notes
243
Bibliography
303
Index
323
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Henry Srebrnik is professor of political studies, University of Prince Edward Island and the author of London Jews and British Communism, 1935-1945.

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