Crisis stirs old fears for Ukraine’s Jews

by David Filipov DNEPROPETROVSK, Ukraine — In the warm glow of a spring evening, the central square in this eastern Ukrainian city bustles as shoppers crowd a pedestrian mall with shiny storefronts. Children spin on a brightly colored carousel. But behind the glimpses of ordinary life lies a terrible history:…

Three Jews Among Those Killed in Ukraine Uprising

Balaclava-clad far-right paramilitaries fire into the air at the funeral in Ukraine of an anti-government protestor. This is not a tribute to a fellow right-wing nationalist, but to a Jewish construction worker, Alexander Scherbanyuk. Of the approximately 100 people killed during the protests in Kiev that swept Ukrainian President Viktor…

Here come the Subbotnik Jews

by Michael Freund Just in time for Purim, when we celebrate the ancient deliverance of the Jewish people, a long-suffering Jewish community has received some remarkably good tidings. After nearly a decade of bureaucratic torment and agony, the remaining Subbotnik Jews of the former Soviet Union will at last be…

Purim 1953: Jews in the Communist empire

by Yosef Begun, Larry Pfeffer Jews in the Former Soviet Union are generally well aware that the Russian-dominated part of the Communist empire was getting increasingly anti-Semitic after 1948, when it became clear Israel would not turn “red.” What might have been had Stalin stayed in power? Yosef Begun’s memories…
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