Cover Osteuropa 8-10/2008

In Osteuropa 8-10/2008

A Stormy Upturn
Jewish Studies in Russia

Dmitrij Ėl’jaševič, Maksim Mel’cin

Deutsche Fassung


After a long hiatus under Soviet rule, the field of Jewish Studies in Russia has undergone a stormy upturn since Perestroika. Schools and institutions for adult education have been established. Numerous publications, academic institutes, and information centres address Jewish topics. The emphasis is on ethnographic field work and historical investigations especially into the 20th century. But Russian academia still does not recognise Jewish Studies as an independent field of study. A decline in private donations has hit Jewish Studies in Russia particularly hard. And to this day, official schoolbooks remain silent about Russia’s Jewish heritage.

(Osteuropa 8-10/2008, pp. 419–436)

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