Marci Shore is Associate Professor of History at Yale. Her most recent book is The Ukrainian Night: An Intimate History of Revolution.
 (November 2018)

IN THE REVIEW

At the Border of Memory and Truth

Katja Petrowskaja at a demonstration against Russian interference in Crimea, Berlin, March 2014

Maybe Esther: A Family Story

by Katja Petrowskaja, translated from the German by Shelley Frisch
Lenin believed that history could be rushed. For decades after the Bolshevik Revolution, everyone dreamed of flying. “The entire Soviet Union was against the force of gravity,” writes Katja Petrowskaja in her incandescent family history, Maybe Esther. Like other forms of bourgeois oppression, gravity would soon be overcome. After Lenin’s …

Rescuing the Yiddish Ukraine

Shloyme Skliarskii, Bershad, Ukraine, 2009. Marci Shore writes, ‘With a bullet in his left arm, Skliarskii climbed a fence and ran through fields of wheat, leaving a trail of blood’ to escape the massacre in his village in 1942.

In the Shadow of the Shtetl: Small-Town Jewish Life in Soviet Ukraine

by Jeffrey Veidlinger
A quarter-century after the end of the cold war, Europe finds itself facing a moment of truth with Russia. At stake most immediately is Ukraine. Once again, as during Nazism and as during Stalinism, the European periphery has become the center of European history. In February we saw a climax …

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