Abstract

Abstract:

In November 1963, Aron Vergelis, editor of the Moscow Yiddish journal Sovetish Heymland (1961–1991), visited the United States for the first time. This was the first American voyage of a Soviet Jewish cultural personality since 1943, when Solomon Mikhoels and the Yiddish poet Itsik Fefer famously toured the United States as leaders of the Jewish Anti-Fascist Committee. As it turned out, this would be the beginning of Vergelis's quarter-century career as a globetrotting Cold War era propagandist. This article analyzes the circumstances by which Vergelis, a figure of modest influence and stature, appeared as a visible figure in the arena of Soviet-Western ideological confrontation.

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Additional Information

ISSN
1527-2028
Print ISSN
0021-6704
Pages
pp. 103-129
Launched on MUSE
2020-07-21
Open Access
No
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