Cosmopolitans
(2,172 words)

The so-called cosmopolitan persecution marked the last phase of Stalinist policy towards the Jews in the Soviet Union between 1948 and 1953. The term "cosmopolitan" was a disparaging attribution, which was virtually used as a synonym for all non-Russians. At the height of the campaign, the denunciation was directed against Jewish theatre critics in particular, with the label of "rootless cosmopolitans."

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Murav, Harriet, “Cosmopolitans”, in: Encyclopedia of Jewish History and Culture Online, Original German Language Edition: Enzyklopädie Jüdischer Geschichte und Kultur. Im Auftrag der Sächsischen Akademie der Wissenschaften zu Leipzig herausgegeben von Dan Diner. © J.B. Metzler, Stuttgart/Springer-Verlag GmbH Deutschland 2011–2017.. Consulted online on 25 June 2018 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2468-8894_ejhc_COM_0423>
First published online: 2017
First print edition: 20180401



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