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With or Without You: The Prospect for Jews in Today’s Russia


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In his book, based on new evidence and a series of interviews, author and scholar Maxim D. Shrayer offers a portrait of Russia’s dwindling yet still vibrant and influential Jewish community. This is simultaneously an in-depth exploration of the texture of Jewish life in Putin’s Russia and an émigré’s moving elegy for Russia’s Jews, which forty years ago constituted one of the world’s largest Jewish populations and which presently numbers only about 180,000. Why do Jews continue to live in Russia after the antisemitism and persecution they had endured there? What are the prospects of Jewish life in Russia? What awaits the children born to Jews who have not left? With or Without You asks and seeks to answer some of the central questions of modern Jewish history and culture.



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Shrayer, Maxim D. With or Without You: The Prospect for Jews in Today’s Russia. Academic Studies Press. 2017:  https://archive.jpr.org.uk/object-rus113