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Freaks of Nature: Visualizing the Jew in the Soviet Union

Pears Institute Lunchtime Seminar

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22nd February, 2018
1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
Birkbeck, University of London
Robert Weinberg, Swarthmore College

This talk examines the visual depiction of Jews, Judaism, and Jehovah in 1920s Soviet Russia. It does so by examining the pages of The Atheist at the Workbench, a journal published by the Bolsheviks to promote atheism. The talk reveals how Jews and their god acquired monstrous, demonic, and otherworldly physiognomic characteristics which unintentionally undermined the Kremlin’s efforts to counter antisemitism.

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