Cover Osteuropa 8-10/2008

In Special Issue

A Stormy Turn for the Better
Jewish Studies in Russia

Dmitrij Ėl’jaševič, Maksim Mel’cin

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After a long hiatus under Soviet rule, Jewish Studies in Russia has taken a stormy turn for the better since Perestroika. Schools and institutions for adult education have been established. Numerous publications, research institutes, and information centres now address Jewish topics. The emphasis is on ethnographic field work and history, especially with regard to the 20th century. But Russian academia still refuses to 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.

(Special Issue, pp. 255–270)

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