June 8, 2014

Jeffrey Veidlinger spoke about his book, In the Shadow of the Shtetl, at Politics & Prose on Sunday June 8, 2014.

The story of how the Holocaust decimated Jewish life in the shtetls of Eastern Europe is well known. Still, thousands of Jews in these small towns survived the war and returned afterward to rebuild their communities. The recollections of some 400 returnees in Ukraine provide the basis for Jeffrey Veidlinger s reappraisal of the traditional narrative of 20th-century Jewish history. These elderly Yiddish speakers relate their memories of Jewish life in the prewar shtetl, their stories of survival during the Holocaust, and their experiences living as Jews under Communism. Despite Stalinist repressions, the Holocaust, and official antisemitism, their individual remembrances of family life, religious observance, education, and work testify to the survival of Jewish life in the shadow of the shtetl to this day.

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ISBN: 9780253022974
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Published: Indiana University Press - February 26th, 2016

March 8, 2014

Masha Gessen spoke about her book, Words Will Break Cement: The Passion of Pussy Riot, at Politics & Prose on Saturday, March 8, 2014.

Gessen, journalist and author of a critical biography of Putin, knows something about courage. She’s the perfect writer to profile Pussy Riot, the Russian feminist punk collective dedicated to public artistic responses to Russian politics. Gessen recounts the group’s 2012 performance of “A Punk Prayer for Freedom” in the Cathedral of Christ the Savior, beseeching Mary for a new leader. Three of the activists were charged with felony hooliganism.

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ISBN: 9781594632198
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Published: Riverhead Books - January 8th, 2014

January 20, 2014

Angela E. Stent spoke about her book, The Limits of Partnership: U.S.-Russian Relations in the Twenty-first Century, at Politics & Prose on Monday, January 20, 2014.

The Limits of Partnership offers a riveting narrative on U.S.-Russian relations since the Soviet collapse and on the challenges ahead. It reflects the unique perspective of an insider who is also recognized as a leading expert on this troubled relationship. American presidents have repeatedly attempted to forge a strong and productive partnership only to be held hostage to the deep mistrust born of the Cold War. For the United States, Russia remains a priority because of its nuclear weapons arsenal, its strategic location bordering Europe and Asia, and its ability to support--or thwart--American interests. Why has it been so difficult to move the relationship forward? What are the prospects for doing so in the future? Is the effort doomed to fail again and again?

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ISBN: 9780691165868
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Published: Princeton University Press - March 29th, 2015

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