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Published: 13 February 2017

264 Pages

6-1/8 x 9-1/4 inches

ISBN: 9780190223106

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When Sonia Met Boris

An Oral History of Jewish Life under Stalin

Anna Shternshis

Oxford Oral History Series

  • Based on an unprecedented number (474) of in-depth oral history interviews with Soviet Jews, this book reveals previously unknown stories of everyday life for Jews in the Soviet Union, as well as how individual Jews responded to notorious instances of repression, e.g. the Doctor's Plot
  • One of the first monographs to use oral testimony to discuss postwar Soviet Jewish daily life, showing that oral history sources have an increased value in the context of Soviet Jewish history, since details about Jewish daily life are unavailable in other sources
  • Offers an original and insightful interpretation of Jewish identity in the Soviet Union in the 1950s, showing how the idea of Jewishness was associated with misfortune