This collection of academic articles in three languages, English, Russian, and Yiddish, covers in a comprehensive manner the history and culture of the Jewish societies in the Far East, geographically close, yet existing in very different political systems. The collection also analyses the mechanisms they developed for self-preservation, as well as the «Jewish question» in the Far-Eastern perspective, which, during the twentieth century, linked together the history of Russia, China, Japan, Poland, Germany, and other countries.
Frankfurt am Main, Berlin, Bern, Bruxelles, New York, Oxford, Wien, 2009. 282 pp.
Contents: Jonathan Goldstein: Some theoretical approaches for comparing Jewish life in Singapore, Manila, and Harbin
– Chizuko Takao: The Birobidzhan project from the Japanese perspective – Dan Ben-Canaan: The Jews of Harbin: Nostalgia versus
historical reality – Yuri Pikalov: The NKVD as an agent of Jewish emigration to Birobidzhan before the Soviet-German war (1937-1940)
– Michael Zozula: «Maybe it will be ‘hakhshara’ for Palestine?» - Jewish colonization in the USSR in the context of interparty
polemics in the Harbin Jewish community – Iosif Brener: The city that was never built: The Swiss architect Hannes Meyer and
his project for a «Jewish socialist city in the Lesser Khingan foothills» – Holger Nath: From Tshernowitz to Kiev and Birobidzhan:
Yiddish language conferences between 1908 and 1937 – Ber Boris Kotlerman: Trading places: Buzi Miller and internationalization
of Jewish «bourgeois nationalism» – Yaacov Ro’i: The visit to Khabarovsk and Birobidzhan of Israeli ambassador to Moscow Yosef
Avidar and his wife, Yemima Tchernovitz (1956): Excerpt from Yemima’s diary – Ber Boris Kotlerman: Yosef Trumpeldor in Japanese
captivity (1905): An appeal to the Russian Emperor Nicolas II – Sheva Zucker: From Lithuania to Japan via the Trans-Siberian
railway: Meyer Zucker’s memoirs from 1940.