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Music from a Speeding TrainJewish Literature in Post-Revolution Russia$
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Harriet Murav

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780804774437

Published to Stanford Scholarship Online: June 2013

DOI: 10.11126/stanford/9780804774437.001.0001

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Fighting the Great Patriotic War

Fighting the Great Patriotic War

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(p.111) Three Fighting the Great Patriotic War
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Music from a Speeding Train
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Stanford University Press
DOI:10.11126/stanford/9780804774437.003.0004

On June 22, 1941, Nazi Germany invaded the Soviet Union and Adolf Hitler immediately pursued his plan to annihilate the Jews. More than half of the estimated 4 million Jews who lived in German-occupied territories of the Soviet Union were killed by the Nazis. This chapter focuses on the so-called Great Patriotic War and the participation of Soviet Jews in the war effort. These Soviet Jews included not only Red Army soldiers and victims of the Nazis, but also photojournalists, literary authors, propagandists, and newspaper correspondents, whose accounts radically altered the narrative of the war as it unfolded. Authors such as David Bergelson, Emmanuel Kazakevich, Boris Slutskii, Perets Markish, Vasilii Grossman, Der Nister, Boris Iampol'skii, and Il'ia Erenburg described, imagined, remembered, mourned, and testified to the fate suffered by the Jews at the hands of the Nazis. The result was a body of Jewish literature that fueled the war effort.

Keywords:   Nazi Germany, Soviet Union, Jewish literature, Soviet Jews, Great Patriotic War, David Bergelson, Emmanuel Kazakevich, Boris Slutskii, Perets Markish, Vasilii Grossman

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