Transatlantic Russian Jewishness

Ideological Voyages of the Yiddish Daily Forverts in the First Half of the Twentieth Century

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Gennady Estraikh
Jews of Russia & Eastern Europe and Their Legacy
  • Brighton, MA: 
    Academic Studies Press
    , September
     354 pages.
     For other formats: Link to Publisher's Website.


In the early decades of the twentieth century, tens of thousands of Yiddish speaking immigrants actively participated in the American Socialist and labor movement. They formed the milieu of the hugely successful daily Forverts (Forward), established in New York in April 1897. Its editorial columns and bylined articles—many of whose authors, such as Abraham Cahan and Sholem Asch, were household names at the time—both reflected and shaped the attitudes and values of the readership. Most pages of this book are focused on the newspaper’s reaction to the political developments in the home country. Profound admiration of Russian literature and culture did not mitigate the writers’ criticism of the czarist and Soviet regimes.

About the Author(s)/Editor(s)/Translator(s): 

Gennady Estraikh is a Clinical Professor at New York University. He received a doctorate from the University of Oxford in 1996, and has worked at the Oxford Institute of Yiddish Studies and London University. He is Director of the Shvidler Project for the History of the Jews of the Soviet Union at NYU, and Senior Scholar at the Moscow Higher School of Economics.



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