Jewish Hearts

A Study of Dynamic Ethnicity in the United States and the Soviet Union

Betty N. Hoffman
eISBN-13: 9780791490785

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This ethnographic study compares and contrasts the changing ethnic identity of those Russian Jews who settled in Hartford, Connecticut between 1881 and 1930 with that of the Soviet Jews who remained in Russia after the Revolution, became Soviet citizens, and emigrated after 1975. Although both groups were labeled "Jews," their internal definitions of what constituted being Jewish and their personal experiences were radically different. Using both archival and contemporary oral histories, Betty N. Hoffman traces the stories of real people whose lives and choices were affected by both their ethnic identity and the larger movements around them as they made new homes in the United States.

ISBNs 9780791490785, 9780791449455, 0791490785
Language English