Not Antigone’s Heirs: Soviet Yiddish and Vernacular Holocaust Memory Culture

AJS Dissertation Completion Fellow 2020/21 Miriam Schulz looks at a little-known chapter of Soviet Jewry: Soviet Yiddish cultural groups and influential individuals and the ways in which they created their own vernacular Holocaust memory culture in the Soviet Union, not against but within state politics. They made their memory practices part of the post-Stalinist memory culture that had ostensibly little room for Holocaust memorialization. With the help of several examples, looking primarily at the interplay of Holocaust monuments and texts, she will showcase aspects of this Soviet Yiddish memory culture and the labor that went into it despite the less-than-conducive environment.

Also Available in the Archive