Dr. Sawyer investigates the status and role of Jews in the USSR. He includes a discussion of Communist theory and the nationality issue, particularly as it concerns the Jews, and addresses as well the legal status of Soviet Jews as determined by the Soviet constitutions, party directives, legislative acts, and commitments resulting from international agreements on human and national minority rights. A central part of the study looks at the extent to which Jews have been assimilated into the general Soviet culture and whether they continue to play a significant role in party, governmental, and societal affairs. To provide essential background information, Dr. Sawyer presents and analyzes demographic, historical, and other relevant materials. He also analyzes Soviet Jewish emigration, its background, and its effects on Jews remaining in the USSR and on both internal affairs and external relations.
Table of Contents
Preface -- The Jewish Question as Treated in the Authoritative Communist Writings -- The Jewish Minority in the Soviet Union: Demographic and Cultural Profiles -- The Status of Jewish Ethnic Identity in Contemporary Soviet Russia -- The Legal Status of Jews in the Soviet Union -- Soviet Policies and Actions, Official and Unofficial, Aimed at the Jews as a Distinct "National" Group -- The Jewish Emigration Issue -- Conclusion -- Appendices
Thomas E. Sawyer holds a Ph.D. in comparative government from Georgetown University. He recently retired from the U.S. Foreign Service, where he served as a Russian language officer.