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September 05, 1975 - Image 27

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The Detroit Jewish News, 1975-09-05

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Jewish Literature in Russia

(Editor's note: Constantly
seeking a platform for the
Soviet Union attitude on
Jews, Israel and the Jewish
issues in the USSR, the So-
viet embassy in Washington
frequently provides The
Jewish News with material
relating to events and per-
sonalities in Russia. Often,
the material provided,
usually from Novosti News
Agency, is either anti-Israel
r defends the Russian im-
migration policies. The new-
est such Soviet embassy re-
lease is a favorable story
about new Jewish literature
in the Soviet Union.)
The Khudozhestven-
naya Literature Publishing
House in Moscow has re-
cently issued another edi-
tion of "Three Brothers," a
novel by Eli Gordon, which
includes the story "A Gener-
al's Mother" concerning
World War II.
Gordon, one of the oldest
Soviet Jewish writers, en-
tered the literary field in
the 1930s with the publica-
tion of his first novella,
"Weeds." At the same time,
his short stories and essays
about the first Jewish farm
communes in the Crimea
and the Ukraine and the
epic novel "Ingul-Boyar"
were published.
Grigory Remenik, one of
the leading critics of Soviet
Jewish literature, said of
Gordon's works:- "Gordon's
books recreate a wide pan-
orama of the Jewish village
in its social and historical
development. Gordon comes
out as the artist and histo-
rian of Jewish peasantry,
the chronicler of its life, la-
bor, and struggles during
the first half of the 20th

"He traces the destinies
of the Jewish peasantry
against the background of
sharp social clashes at the
beginning of the century,
of antagonistic class con-
flicts of the establishment
of a new society . . . The
author knows well the
milieu he writes about and
has a talent for depicting
national traits and cus-
toms . .

Gordon travels much in
search of contemporary
"rural" material. It was dur-
ing one of his visits to the
huge multinational collec-
tive farm called Friendship
of the Peoples in the Crimea
that Gordon was inspired to
write a novel about Yefim
egudin, chairman of the
farm and hei- o of Socialist

Rabbi Dissuades
Man From Suicide

NEW YORK — A rabbi
and police spent four hours
atop-the 110-story World
Trade Center in New York
dissuading.a man from his
threat to plunge from the
city's tallest skyscraper.
The would-be jumper,
James Speller, age 33, of
Newark, N. J., knocked
down a guard Monday and
then, armed with a razor
blade, climbed out on a
south tower ledge.
After his rescue, Speller
said that the rabbi, police
chaplain Alvin Kass, per-
suaded him not to jump by
praying with him.

Friendly lampoons by the
well-known Soviet carica-
turist Joseph Igin have long
become an integral part of
Moscow's cultural life. They
are sharply individual, vivid,
and extremely popular with
the4•eaders of the Literatur-
naya Gazeta, the satirical
magazine Krokodil, theatri-
cal and other publications.
Countless celebrities have
been to the artist's studio

during the 50 years of his
creative work. Among those
artists, writers, and drama-
tists, and celebrities who
have posed for him are
George Bernard Shaw,
Maxim Gorky, Ilya Ehren-
burg, Alexei Tolstoy, Vse-
vold Meyerhold, Mikhail
Zoshchenko, Solomon Mikh-
oels and Jose Capablanca.
Remembering his meet-
ing with Mikhoels, the fa-

Friday, September 5, 1975

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mous Jewish actor, Igin
wrote: "When speaking of
his own appearance, Mikh-
oels would trace his profile
in the air in front of his face
saying, 'I was simply made
for a lampoon'." The draw-
ing next to it is an illustra-
tion of the phrase. The
drawings and the inscrip-
tions in Igin's album conse-
quently merge to create an
integral whole.

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