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Lenin's Jewish Question$
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Yohanan Petrovsky-Shtern

Print publication date: 2010

Print ISBN-13: 9780300152104

Published to Yale Scholarship Online: October 2013

DOI: 10.12987/yale/9780300152104.001.0001

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Lenin's Jewish Question

Yohanan Petrovsky-Shtern

Yale University Press

This chapter examines the Russification of the Soviet people and its relation with the Jewish identity of Vladimir Lenin. It discusses how Russian chauvinism enhanced Russian paternalism toward ethnic minorities and nurtured xenophobia. It highlights the tendency of the Russian security apparatus to identify Lenin as Russian and separate him from the Politburo members of Jewish origin fighting for power after his death. This chapter also describes how Lenin's Jewish connection was discovered by retired military man Alexander Petrov in 1964.

Keywords:   Russification, Soviet people, Vladimir Lenin, Jewish identity, Russian paternalism, ethnic minorities, xenophobia, Alexander Petrov

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