The Thaw

Cover image: Youths dancing in Moscow during the Festival.  Following Stalin’s death in 1953, there was a “thawing out” of the typically strict, uptight Soviet culture. Creativity began to flourish with the end of the gulags, the Space Race, and the new generation rising up. In 1957, that new generation hosted the International Youth Festival in … Continue reading The Thaw

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Xenophobia: Stalin & Today

Cover photo: “Impromptu Shabbat service … in front of Tree of Life” 1 Webster’s Dictionary defines xenophobia as “fear and hatred of strangers or foreigners or of anything that is strange or foreign.” Xenophobia can be referred to in many different contexts and does not target one group, culture, minority, race, sex, gender, ethnicity, sexual orientation. … Continue reading Xenophobia: Stalin & Today

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