Book Review: Shadows of Survival: A Child’s Memoir of the Warsaw Ghetto

Shadows of Survival: A Child’s Memoir of the Warsaw Ghetto was reviewed in January's issue of The Jewish Chronicle.

Kristine Keese survived childhood in the Warsaw Ghetto but when she arrived in New York in 1946 at the age of 12, her new classmates did not believe what she had suffered. Seventy years later, with astounding detail and clarity, she tells her story in Shadows of Survival, a Child’s Memoir of the Warsaw Ghetto ... Some of her experiences are those of any child — being so engrossed in her library books that she allows the dinner to burn, for instance. Others are drastically
different — such as walking home from a bread-buying expedition and having the loaf, still in her mother’s hand, bitten by a starving child.
— The Jewish Chronicle, 13 Jan 2017
Book Review: The Russian Avant-Garde and Radical Modernism: an Introductory Reader

The Russian Avant-Garde and Radical Modernism: an Introductory Reader, edited by Dennis. G. Ioffe and Frederich H. White, has been reviewed in International Journal of Russian Studies. To read the full review, visit their website.

This introductory book provides comprehensive analysis of the radical artistic movement Russian Avant-Garde and Radical Modernism, included [sic] well written biographical articles, critical analyses and collected samples of the Russian Avant-Garde and Modernism. It is a remarkable resource for not only researchers but also students who study Russian literature and culture, particularly the movement Russian Avant-Garde and Modernism.
— Ayse Dietrich, Middle East Technical University, International Journal of Russian Studies Issue no. 6, Jan 2017
Marianna Tax Choldin interviewed in World Libraries

Marianna Tax Choldin, author of Garden of Broken Statues: Exploring Censorship in Russia, has been interviewed and reviewed in the first issue of the open access journal World Libraries' relaunch. Read the full interview at World Libraries' open access platform here.

Garden of Broken Statues: Exploring Censorship in Russia covers a lot of territory: geographically, from Hyde Park to Moscow to East Bangladesh; ideologically, from Soviet “omni-censorship” to the less systemic challenges to free speech we find in the States; and, above all, interpersonally, as Choldin pays tribute to the people who have shaped her life ... it’s such a wide-ranging book, it might be recommended not only to those interested in Russia or censorship, but also just about all readers of this journal: namely, librarians and information professionals curious about the personal and professional lives of those who have committed the better part of their lives to the cause of international understanding.
— Scott Schoger, World Libraries Vol 22. No. 1 (2016)
Review: First Words: on Dostoevsky's Introductions

First Words: on Dostoevsky's Introductions by Lewis Bagby has been reviewed in The Russian Review.

In an arresting passage early in First Words, Lewis bagby compares literary introductions, prefaces, prologues, and forewords to monsters in an illuminated medieval manuscript ... After an engaging and helpful discussion of the subgenre’s historical contexts in nineteenth-century Russian and European literature, Bagby traces Dostoevsky’s literary evolution by way of a painstaking taxonomy of his prefaces—a microbiography of sorts.
— Val Vinokur, The New School, The Russian Review (Vol. 76, No. 1)
Meron Medzini, author of "Under the Shadow of the Rising Sun", interviewed in Forward
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Dr. Meron Medzini, author of Under the Shadow of the Rising Sun: Japan and the Jews during the Holocaust Era, has been interviewed by Benjamin Ivry of Forward. To read the full interview and learn more about Medzini's volume, visit Forward.com

You have to bear in mind that most Japanese had never seen a Jew in their lives. There were maybe a thousand Jews in Japan in the 1930s, so most could not tell them from other foreigners. My motive in writing this book was to tell [readers] that the Holocaust was not only in Europe, but in North Africa to a limited extent, and also in Asia.
— Meron Medzini, Forward 10 Jan 2017
Review: The Art of Identity and Memory: Toward a Cultural History of the Two World Wars in Lithuania & "Lithuanian Studies without Borders"

The Art of Identity and Memory: Toward a Cultural History of the Two World Wars in Lithuania edited by Giedrė Jankevičiūtė & Rasutė Žukienė, and the "Lithuanian Studies Without Borders" series have been reviewed in 15min.

We are glad that Lithuanian scholars, who have been reproached for lacking international reach time and again, have gained yet another solid platform for sharing their research with the world. We can only hope that the promising beginning to this series will turn it into a successful long-term project, which not only opens the door to the poorly known world of Lithuanian studies but also encourages researchers in Lithuania to advance their work. It seems that advancement will certainly be necessary for further publications, as the bar has been set quite high with this book.
— Arūnas Streikus (Vilnius University) in Knygų aidai, 2016 no. 4
Meron Medzini receives Japan's Order of the Rising Sun Decoration

Meron Medzini, author of Under the Shadow of the Rising Sun: Japan and the Jews during the Holocaust Erahas received Japan's Order of the Rising Sun decoration. 

The Japanese government awards the decoration, which includes a medal and certificate of honor, every year to people who contributed to Japan’s international relationships and promoted its culture globally.

Learn more at JNS.org

Review: The Image of Jews in Contemporary China

The Image of Jews in Contemporary China, edited by James Ross and Song Lihong, has been reviewed in The Times of Israel. To read the full review, visit their website.

The Image of Jews in Contemporary China, an illuminating volume edited by James Ross and Song Lihong ... covers a great deal of ground in comprehensive fashion ... This surge of interest in all things Jewish among Chinese people is no minor development, and fortunately, it’s neatly encapsulated in The Image of Jews in Contemporary China.
— Sheldon Kirshner, the Times of Israel
Review: Before They Were Titans: Essays on the Early Works of Dostoevsky and Tolstoy

Before They Were Titans: Essays on the Early Works of Dostoevsky and Tolstoy edited with an introduction by Elizabeth Cheresh Allen was reviewed in Slavic and East European Journal vol 60.2 (Summer 2016)

The collective format works well for Before They Were Titans, allowing for the inclusion of disparate critical voices and approaches. The essays’ diversity in this regard is a strength of the volume and the resulting collection is a pleasure to read ... Thoughtfully selected, arranged and composed, these fresh readings of texrs showcase the vibrant experimentation and impressive literary scope of the young Dostoevsky and Tolstoy on their own terms. This early period of each writer’s oeuvre is often critically neglected, and Before They Were Titans comes as a welcome entry in both Dostoevsky and Tolstoy scholarship.
— Katherine Bowers, University of British Columbia, Slavic and East European Journal vol 60.2 (Summer 2016)
Review: Russian Silver Age Poetry: Texts and Contexts

Russian Silver Age Poetry: Texts and Contexts edited and introduced by Sibelan E.S. Forrester & Martha M.F. Kelly has been reviewed in Slavic and East European Journal vol 60.2 (Summer 2016)

Martha Kelly and Sibelan Forrester, have created a weighty anthology that surpasses any other collection of Silver Age poetry in English translation ... Symbolists, Futurists, Acmeists, and non-affiliated poets are all generously represented ... With its impressive breadth of coverage and stellar presentation, Russian Silver Age Poetry deserves to become a standard textbook for Russian poetry courses ... with its lively introduction, accessible selection of poems, and unfussy, clear translations.
— Connor Doak, University of Bristol, Slavic and East European Journal vol 60.2 (Summer 2016)