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Valdgeim

By Koblents, B.

Moscow: Emes, 1934. Softcover. First edition, 1 of 5000 copies; 4 3/4 x 6 1/2; pp. 20; green wraps printed in brown; age-toning to left margin of wraps; closed cut to tail of spine; top edge unevenly trimmed; overall very good. The notion of a Jewish autonomous region in the heart of Siberia was developed after Lenin's Nationalities Policy which encouraged various ethnic groups to claim their own territories and settle down with their own language and culture. In the early 20th century, Russian Jews - widely subjected to anti-Semitism and pogroms - were given the land around (present day) Birobidzhan in 1927 and in 1934 Stalin solved his "Jewish problem" by officially declaring the Jewish Autonomous Oblast (still in existence today). The Soviet Government encouraged Jews from all over the world to emigrate there and also promoted the use of Yiddish (considered proletarian in nature) as opposed to the "religious" Hebrew. Valdgeim, whose history and nature are described in the current book, was the first Jewish collective farm founded in 1928 by Leib Gefen and his family - the first Jews to arrive and settle on the grounds of Tikhonkaia Stantsiia (a small train station on the Trans-Siberian Railway.

$220.00

Ukrains'ko - Evreis'ki Vzaemovidnosini

By Brik, Oleksander S.

Winnipeg, Canada: Published by the Author, 1961. Softcover. First edition; 5 1/2 x 8 1/4; pp. 384; green wraps printed in black; a few wrinkles to tips of spine; small creases to corners; light age-toning to wraps; pages clean; very good or better. Oleksander Brik, a Ukrainian - Canadian author, elaborates on the complex Ukrainian - Jewish relations throughout history.

$90.00

Vid Mistiki do Politiki

By Dontsov, D.

Toronto: Spilka Vizvolennia Ukraini, 1957. Softcover. First edition; 5 3/4 x 8; pp. [2], 5-61, [1]; illustrated beige wraps; minor wear to tips of spine and corners; faint age-toning and dust-dulling to margins of wraps; two closed cuts to half-title page radiating outwards from upper staple; very good. Title and publisher's imprint in both Ukrainian and English on facing pages. Tipped-in sheet with a summary in English. Dmytro Dontsov (1883 – 1973) was a Ukrainian author, journalist, and a radical political thinker with great influence over the Organization of Ukrainian Nationalists. Born in a Cossack officer's family, Dontsov joined the Ukrainian Social-Democratic Labor Party in 1905, was arrested shortly after for being an instigator in "Socialist politics," and was forced to move to Vienna in 1909. After the Revolution, he returned home and was appointed Head of Pavlo Skoropadsky's Government's official news agency. By 1922 Dmytro had rejected the Nationalist ideas of his youth and had increasingly become immersed in radical Nationalism. In 1939, right before the takeover of Western Ukraine by the Soviets Dontsov fled his country for Bucharest, then Prague, Germany, Paris, and the United States until he finally settled in Toronto where he taught Ukrainian literature at Universite de Montreal. The summary of his current book, one of his most pronounced anti-Semitic works, reads: "Muscovite Communism and Zionism are two forces that on the basis of their mysticism...consider their nations to be "higher," to be "chosen peoples"...If Ukraine is to be victorious in its age old struggle against Muscovite messianism, she must turn to the mysticism of ancient Christian Kiev..."

$170.00