Exiled to Palestine
The Emigration of Soviet Zionist Convicts, 1924-1934
This is the unknown story of how Zionists imprisoned by Soviet authorities were allowed to choose sentences of permanent departure to Palestine, where they helped build Jewish society, the backbone of left-wing parties, and the powerful trade union movement.
These leading authors bring to light undiscovered documents from archives opened after the collapse of the Soviet Union and go on to revise fundamental assumptions about these events. They examine the means by which internal power struggles and personal interventions in the uppermost echelons of the Soviet leadership allowed the Zionists to disseminate their message and recruit thousands of members before the massive arrests of the mid-1920s; demonstrate the extent to which personal contacts between Zionists and those who aided them, Soviet leaders and members of the security services, were vital to initiating and sustaining the practice of substitution; and using a broad array of British and Zionist documents, they reveal the crucial role of Anglo-Zionist co-operation in facilitating the immigration of Zionist convicts.
This book will of great interest to all students and scholars of Jewish and Israeli, Russian and Soviet and European and British history.
Table of Contents
List of Documents 1. Introduction: Zionism in Soviet Russia 2. Out of the USSR: The Exiles and Pompolit 3. Into Palestine: The Zionists and the British 4. Postscript 5. Documents
Ziva Galili is a professor of Russian and Soviet History and Chair of the History Department at Rutgers University in New Jersey. She is an authority on the Menshevik Party, having published a monograph and a multi-volume documentary edition on the topic. She is currently at work on a study of Zionism in Soviet Russia in the 1920s.
Boris Morozov is a Research Fellow at the Cummings Center for Russian and East European Studies. From 1978 until 1984 he worked at the Institute for Documental Research and Archives of the Central Soviet Archives (Glavarkhiv SSSR) in Moscow. He specializes in the methodology of archival research and problems of the Jewish community in the USSR. He is the author of Documents on Soviet Jewish Emigration (1999).
'The book tells an interesting story of both the early Soviet regime and the Zionist movement and is well worth reading.' - Inna Shtakser, Tel-Aviv University