“Tell It to Your Children, and Their Children to Next Generation.” Cultural Memory of Russian Jewry Today

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Author Elena Nosenko-Stein
Language Russian
Publisher МБА
Year 2013
ISBN: 978-5-89282-550-1, 2013
Pages 576
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For many centuries “to be a Jew” meant to “perform ceremonial laws of Judaism.” i.e. religion determined identity, culture and cultural memory of Jews in Diaspora. However, the situation changed in the modern era when processes of secularization, acculturation and then assimilation deeply impacted Jewish identity in many coubries. Tussian Jews have the unique historical and cultural ezperience, their identities and cultural memory developed in very specific way.

In this book the author attempts to define “pillars” of Jewish cultural – both historical and collective memory in contemporary Russia. Drawing on various sources – mainly results of her fieldwork of may years (texts of interviews, data of surveys, statistics, fiction, press and webresources) – E. Nosenko-Stein examines different factors – religion(s), family, friends, anti-Semitism, State of Israel, communal life, Holocaust, language practices and others in constructing Jewish cultural memory. She clarifies the mechanism of transmitting cultural experience among people oj Jewish origin in Russia and demonstrates – what they wnant to remember and what they prefer to forget.

The book is expected to be of great interest for social and cultural anthropologists, sociologist, historians, specialists in Jewish studies as well for students and everybody who is involved in the field,


  • Introduction: Cultural memory, its transmission and Jews in modern world
  • Sources and methods
  • Chapter 1. Community or population? Numbers, facts, hypotheses
  • Chapter 2. Faith and memory
  • Chapter 3. Homeland or Diaspora? Israel in cultural memory of Russian Jews
  • Chapter 4. Various faces of anti-Semitism: for whom is this memory?
  • Chapter 5. «Guardians»: will they tell their children?
  • Chapter 6. Places of memory: where is this memory constructed, or why don’t generations encounter?
  • Conclusion: “Symbolic” Jews?
  • Appendixes
    • Appendix 1.
      • Different remembrances. Different memories Oral narratives, literary texts and memory about Holocaust and Resistance
      • Once more about Jews, Russia, mixed families and historical memory
      • “I will only marry a Jew.” Some ethnic and gender stereotypes
    • Appendix 2. Texts of several interviews
    • Appendix 3. Tables
  • Bibliography
  • Index of names
  • Index of terms

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