The People of the Book inthe World of Books isaRussian bimonthly publication for serious readers with Jewish interests. Our English website includes only thesummaries of thepublished articles. Toaccess the complete text of them, please visit the Russian version of this website.


August 2017

This issue of the magazine includes:

• New Dimensions: Where Art Ends

The essay discusses the exhibition Filming the War: The Soviets and the Holocaust (1941–1946), held at Mémorial de la Shoah in Paris in 2015. The show featured seventy excerpts from films shot by Soviet cameramen, some of them long prohibited for public screening. Among the real newsreels was a fake “documentary” about the Red Army’s liberation of the Majdanek concentration camp. It is an exemplary piece of Stalinist propaganda. The reviewer argues the staged film demonstrates the threshold where the “art of cinema ends.”

Survey: Krymchaks Trying to Become like Other Jews

The magazine continues to analyze recent publications by the Krimchaks, a small Jewish sub-ethnic group who historically inhabited the Crimean Peninsula. In previous years, certain of the group’s ideologues had claimed the Krymchak identity was based not on Judaism, but rather on ancient paganism, namely, the cult of the Turkic deity Tengri. The reviewer discovers these unscholarly claims have slowly petered out. He points to an article by young Krymchak from Israel who urges his fellow Krymchaks around the world to “become like other Jews,” meaning they should become a Jewish group with a specific cultural identity and build a collective future on this basis.

Looking through Russian Literary Magazines: Novels and Articles of Jewish Interest

Publishers and Publishing Projects: Jews in Vladimir Region

This section features information about books on Jewish history and culture published by Kaleidoskop, a publisher based in the ancient Russian city of Vladimir, in particular their series of historical books Jews in Vladimir Region.

Jewish Calendar of Significant Dates: September–October 2017

Bibliography: 90 New Books