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Russian-Jewish Emigrants After the Cold War: Perspectives from Germany, Israel, Canada and the United States
Russian-Jewish Emigrants After the Cold War Perspectives from Germany Israel Canada and the United States Author:Collection of articles based on a symposium held at Brandeis University Includes the following articles: Vayis'u Vayahanu [And They Traveled and they Encamped]: The Nature and Consequences of Soviet/Post Soviet Jewish Migration; No Reason for "Sitting on Packed Suitcases": Russian-Jewish Immigrants--Finding Their Home in Modern Jewish Society; Israeli and Russian Jews: Gendered Perspectives on Settlement and Return;... more » Building the Russian-Jewish Community in North America: The Case of Boston; Layered Identities: Jews from the Former Soviet Union in Toronto; Soviet Jews in the New/Old Homeland: Between Integration and Separatism; Recollection and Relocation in Immigration: Russian-Jewish Immigrants "Normalize" Their Anti-Semitic Experiences; Only Renowned Immigrants Are Mentioned in the Press: German Media and the Russian-Jewish Minority from 1900 to 2005; Foreigners in Wonderland? A Critical View of the Expectations and Experiences Among Jewish Immigrants From the Former Soviet Union in Berlin; and Between Ethnocentrism, Israeli-Centrism, and Cosmopolitism: Analyzing the National Identity of the Russian-Speaking Jewry.
On April 21-22, 2004, the Center for German and European Studies at Brandeis University, in collaboration with the Moses Mendelssohn Zentrum Postdam, convened a symposium with experts from Russia, Israel, Germany, Canada, and the United States. The symposium intended to give the scholars an opportunity to share their ongoing research about the situation of Russian-Jewish immigrants who have relocated to Israel, the United States, Germany, and Canada since the end of the Cold War. The sophisticated exchange of ideas and the significant amount of cutting-edge research that the symposium presented prompted the idea to prepare a publication of articles. We then approached more colleagues in the field and were able to secure a good number of articles that address the issue from a variety of perspectives.
We [the editors] believe this volume contributes to the existing body of literature on the subject by filling a very overlooked gap: Comparisons of different national experiences with recent Russian-Jewish immigration are practically nonexistent, and theoretical knowledge about the mentioned integration processes and difficulties is still rather sketchy. The same is surprisingly true for cross-disciplinary discussion. The present collection of articles by some of the most distinguished scholars in their respective fields aims to answer some of the questions in a effort to fill these gaps.« less