Yiddish and the Creation of Soviet Jewish Culture: 1918-1930 (Cambridge University Press, 2004)
“Pathbreaking” --Frankfurter Allegemeine Zeitung
Finalist, 2005 National Jewish Book Award, Eastern Europe
Empowered by the Soviet state before World War II to create a Jewish national culture, Soviet Jewish activists were interested in building such a culture because they were striving for a national revolution--through the creation of a new culture in which Jews would be able to identify themselves as Jews on new, secular, Soviet terms. This book explores the ways in which Jews functioned as part of, not apart from, the Soviet system, as well as Jewish history.