Posts tagged Bezbozhnik.

1: Jewish colonists, residents of a collective farm in Stalindorf, a Jewish autonomous subdistrict of the Kherson region (now in Ukraine) reading Der emes, 1937. (YIVO)

2: Der apikoyres, special fall edition, Kiev, 1923. The text reads: “The Torah is the best merchandise.” (via joanerges)

"[A]nti-Judaist diatribes were found throughout all types of Soviet Yiddish publications, from newspapers to scholarly discourses. At least seventy-four titles of specifically antireligious Yiddish literature were issued between 1917 and 1941. The Yiddish Communist newspaper, Der emes (The truth), became a leading forum for antireligous writing. The most intensive period of publishing antireligious literature was from 1927 to 1935. A special Yiddish-language periodical, Der apikoyres (The godless) was published from 1931 to 1935 by the League of the Militant Godless.”

— Anna Shternshis, Soviet and Kosher: Jewish Popular Culture in the Soviet Union, 1923-1939 (2006), p. 4.

  March 22, 2013 at 11:15am


Yemelyan Yaroslavsky (Minei Gubelman) giving a speech, 1926. Photo by Arkady Shaikhet.

Yemelyan Mikhailovich Yaroslavsky (Russian: Емельян Михайлович Ярославский, born Minei Israilevich Gubelman, Мине́й Изра́илевич Губельма́н; March 3, 1878 – December 4, 1943) was a Russian revolutionary, Soviet politician, communist party organizer and activist, journalist, and historian. He was an atheist and anti-religious activist; among his most important journalistic propaganda activities, he was editor or the atheist satirical journal Bezbozhnik (“The Godless” or “The Atheist”). He led the League of the Militant Godless, and also headed the Anti-Religious Committee of the Central Committee.

Yaroslavsky was born into a Jewish famity as Minei Israilevich Gubelman in Chita, Zabaykalsky Krai on March 3, 1878.

(via Wikipedia)