Voices from Russia

Thursday, 6 October 2011

A Multimedia Presentation. 6 October 2011. What Jews Have Given the Rodina… Some TRUTH about Birobidzhan

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It takes about a minute for the song to kick in…

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A short little vid about Biro made in the ’30s

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To say the least, extremist Zionists spit bullets whenever you even hint at “Birobidzhan“. Firstly, the place wasn’t a hell on earth, as the above images testify. The area has fertile soil and is rich in mineral resources. Secondly, it WAS an attempt at a “Jewish homeland“… albeit with Yiddish as the language, not Hebrew, and under Socialistic, not Capitalistic auspices. Birobidzhan Jewish National University, uniquely in the Russian Far East, uses as the basis of its teaching the study of the Hebrew language, Jewish history, and classic Jewish texts. In recent years, there’s been renewed interest in the area in its Jewish roots. Birobidzhan has several state-run schools that teach Yiddish, a Yiddish school for religious instruction, and a kindergarten. Today, the city’s 14 public schools must teach Yiddish and Jewish tradition. In short, it was (and is) nothing to sneeze at. Don’t forget, the extremist Zionists (especially the Likud terrorists under Netanyahu) are close allies of the American extreme right (and of American Radical Sectarians). They hate Biro on ideological grounds… not because of any factual or objective grounds.

Today, some 2,000 to 4,000 Jewish people still live in the area and keep the Yiddish culture alive (with a theatre and newspaper, no less). Raise a glass and cheer… if you look at the above images, you can see that Biro is hardly a “hole in the wall”.

BMD

This Just In Department:

One of my friends wrote me:

The majority of the early secular Zionists and the founding fathers and mothers of the modern State of Israel were socialists not capitalists. A capitalist economic model would have been impractical and unsustainable anyway in the early years of Statehood. Without crucial military aid from then-Socialist bloc Czechoslovakia, the State of Israel would’ve been annihilated in short order following the Proclamation of Statehood by David Ben-Gurion in Tel Aviv on 14 May 1948. The kibbutzim… now fading from the scene, unfortunately… are a salient example of the marriage between the ideals of secular Zionism and socialism. American involvement came later and capitalism arrived even later. Whether the Likud crowd likes it or not, the Birobidzhan community is an international treasure preserving Yiddish language and literature as well as the ethos of traditional Eastern European Jewish culture and life. 

I replied:

I KNOW THAT… I was talking of what Israel’s become… a little USA. It’s a Crusader State… how much longer do you think that they have?

To which, I got the reply:

I know that you know… I’m not sure if all your readers know, especially the younger ones. As far as the “new” State of Israel is concerned… who knows… things would’ve worked out much better in the short and long term if they stayed the course with the original socialist model.

THIS is why this website flies… you guys! I’m blessed with friends… God IS good.

BMD

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