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April 2003

This issue of the magazine includes:

In Memoriam: Semion Lipkin

Russian poet Semion Lipkin (1911–2003) was known in the 1960s and 1970s as a recognized translator of poetry of "the peoples of the USSR" into Russian. But in 1979 he resigned from the Union of Soviet Writers, to demonstrate his solidarity with colleagues who had been expelled from this organization. Although Lipkin found himself in the situation of official "civic death" in the Soviet Union at age 70, it was exactly in this period, from 1981 to 1988, that he created his best poetry. Jewish themes were an important component of it.

Review: The Second Volume of Two Hundred Years Together by Alexander Solzhenitsyn

St. Petersburg historian Evgeny Moroz analyzes the second volume of Alexander Solzhenitsyn's book on Russian-Jewish relations, which was published a year and a half after volume one. Comparing the two volumes, he concludes that the author's tone has changed but Solzhenitsyn still has been unable to avoid anti-Jewish distortions of historical truth. At the end of his article the reviewer writes: "I can only smile sadly when I think about the imposing plans of mutual Russian-Jewish reconciliation that Solzhenitsyn connects with his book. I have no doubt that he is absolutely sincere in this case but it was beyond his abilities to bear this burden."

Survey: Two New Moscow Jewish Magazines

At the end of 2002 two new Jewish literary-critical and bibliographical magazines started to appear in Moscow—Paralleli (Parallels) and Evreiskii knigonosha (Jewish Book-Peddler). The reviewers strongly criticize the bibliographical departments of these magazines for their non-professional approach and numerous errors.

Jewish Calendar of Significant Dates: May–June 2003

Bibliography: 60 New Books