The current edition of the Korni (Roots) Quarterly opens with a section dedicated to the memory of the Yiddish poet Zelik Akselrod (1904-1941). In the article Zelik Akselrod, his niece Elena Akselrod (Israel), a famous poet in her own right, and the daughter of the well-known Jewish painter Meyer Akselrod, recalls her uncles life and her extended prominent family.

In Red Drops on White Snow, the Jewish writer Rivka Rubina (1906-1987), Meyer Akselrods wife, describes in detail the creative work of Zelik Akselrod.

In this section readers can also become acquainted with the poems of Motl (Matvey) Grubyan and Elena Akselrod which are dedicated to Zelik Akselrod and poems by Zelik Akselrod which were translated into Russian by Elena Akselrod.


The section From Zionisms History contains three articles.

Jewish Identity and Zionism by Michael Chlenov (Moscow, Russia) analyses the connection between the history of Zionistic ideas and the Jewish identity. The author theorizes that Zionistic ideas could only appear, and they have appeared in Eastern Europe (Russia, Romania, Poland, Germany). In countries where the Jews have realized their national identity and have felt that they were a nation rather than just a religious group.

In I am not an Enemy of Zionism by Ilia Yagniskiy (Belgorod, Russia), the author presents the ideas of the prominent Russian philosopher and writer Mikhail Gershenson (1869-1925) about Zionism.

Destinies of the Zionists in the Soviet Union by Maya Kofman (Moscow, Russia) recounts the story of the people who stood up for their Zionistic political convictions in spite of mass repressions and persecutions in the Soviet Union.


The next section The History of the Jews in the Soviet Period, Alexander Rashkovskiy (Kirov, Russia) asserts that Josef Stalin prepared the Second Holocaust. Rashkovskiy argues that Stalins national politics would confirm his assertion.

In the article The Fate of the Transnistria Jews by Semyon Dodik (Moscow, Russia), Dodik analyses why so many Jews survived in Transnistria, while so many perished at the hands of the Nazis everywhere else. Transnistria, in Southeastern Ukraine, was a region occupied by the Nazis allies the Romanian troops. The author was a ghetto prisoner in Transnistria during the WWII.

Researchers of Jewish Heroism by Semyon Averbuh (Kiev, Ukraine) documents the story of the people who gathered information about Jews who became the Heroes of Soviet Union during the WWII despite the Soviet system completely concealing such information.

Spiritual Opposition of Jewish Communities of Podolia by Faina Vinokurova (Vinnitsa, Ukraine) describes how the Soviet secret police kept track of and persecuted the Jewish religious organizations in the Southwestern Ukraine.


The section History of Jewish Communities contains two articles. Guram Batiashvili (Tbilisi, Georgia) in 2600 Years Together writes about Jewish life in Georgia in the past 26 centuries.

Nugzar Ter-Oganov (Israel) recounts little known information regarding the history of the Jews in Persia during 19th and 20th centuries and the role of the researcher Konstantin Smirnov in portraying the Jewish communities of Persia.


Unique materials were gathered in the section Destinies. In The Writers Acquaintances by Leonid Slovin (Israel), the author writes about his impression of fellow writers from the Moscow literature circles at the beginning of his literature career. The author lived in the Soviet Union until 1990s.

Beloved Women of General Sharon by Zakhar Gelman (Moscow, Russia) describes the world of sentiments of the Israeli politician Ariel Sharon.

In Rozalia Markovna was the Wife and True Friend of George Plekhanov by Alexander Berezhanskiy (Lipetsk, Russia), the author recounts a story of Rosalia Bogorad, the wife of famous Russian Marxist George Plekhanov.

In I Survived Auschwitz and Mauthausen Dmitriy Tsvibel (Petrozavodsk, Russia) retells the life story of Semyon Bekenshtein.


The Comments. Reviews. Criticism section contains letters to the editors, comments and criticisms. The contributors to this section are V. Krivonos (Samara), L. Khaes (Kemerovo), G. Vakulenko (Penza), E. Libinzon (Nizhniy Novgorod), R. Trahtenberg (Israel), L. Kerzhenevich (Kazan), L. Moshinskiy (Rybinsk), L. Mogilevich (Saratov), V. Geht (Moscow), N. Medovaya (Novokuznetsk), B. Mershon (Zhmerinka), O. Vainshtein (Vinnitsa).

Michael Dorfman

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