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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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(p.169) Conclusion
Lenin's Jewish Question

Yohanan Petrovsky-Shtern

Yale University Press

This chapter sums up the key findings of this study on Vlamidir Lenin's genealogical and political connections to the East European Jews. It explains the Lenin hardly cared about Jews at all and he treated and mistreated the Jews according to his immediate pragmatic needs. It also discusses the efforts of the Bolsheviks to dismiss the issue about the discovery of Lenin's Jewish roots because they needed him to be Russian for the Russianness of the leader of the party and founder of the state helped them to create state-based and Russian-centered Soviet identity.

Keywords:   Vladimir Lenin, East European Jews, Bolsheviks, Jewish roots, Russianness, Soviet identity

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