“Are we really in the Soviet Union?”

Marianne Hirsch

in Ghosts of Home

Published by University of California Press

Published in print January 2010 | ISBN: 9780520257726
Published online May 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780520944909 | DOI:
“Are we really in the Soviet Union?”

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This chapter discusses the events that occurred in Czernowitz before and during the early years of the Second World War, describing the situation of many university students due to the developing anti-Semitism in Romania and in other European countries. It examines the Hitler–Stalin pact and the events that led to the Second World War, and then looks at the radical ideological shifts that occurred in Czernowitz in 1940. The chapter describes the effects of these changes on the daily lives of the Czernowitz Jews, discusses the Soviet annexation, and addresses the question of how soon one became aware of—or victimized by—the oppression, deceptiveness, and corruption of the Soviet regime. Finally, the chapter presents the accounts of several refugees who were deported from Czernowitz in 1941.

Keywords: anti-Semitism; political changes; Hitler–Stalin pact; ideological shifts; Czernowitz Jews; Soviet annexation; Soviet regime; deportation

Chapter.  9922 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Judaism and Jewish Studies

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