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Lenin, Jews, and Communism
Lenin, Jews, and CommunismSunday, December 5, 2010 2:00 pm
For 100 years there have been rumors that Vladimir Lenin was of Jewish origin. Yohanan Petrovsky-Shtern revealed the truth in his new book, Lenin’s Jewish Question. He focuses on Moshko Blank, Lenin's maternal great-grandfather, a convert to Christianity in love with the Russian empire. He shared what Lenin knew about his great-grandfather, discussed why Soviet communists played down talk of Lenin’s Jewishness while Russian racists encouraged it, and explored why Lenin approached his Jewish background as he did.
Yohanan Petrovsky-Shtern is the Director of the Crown Family Center for Jewish Studies at Northwestern University. An award-winning specialist in the history of Russian Jews, his earlier books include Jews in the Russian Army, 1827-1917: Drafted into Modernity and The Anti-Imperial Choice: The Making of a Ukrainian Jew.
This program is part of the Solomon Goldman Lecture Series, generously endowed by Rose and the late Sidney Shure.