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The Travels of Benjamin Zuskin

Author: Ala Zuskin Perelman   Series: Judaic Traditions in Literature, Music, and Art

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The book is about the great Soviet Jewish actor, Benjamin Zuskin, born in 1899 and executed by Stalin in 1952. Written by his daughter, this book is much more than a biography: the path of Zuskin's "travels" lies across the Moscow State Jewish Theater and the Jewish Anti-Fascist Committee, and the epoch which defined their stunning rise and tragic fall.

Described by theatre critics as one of the twentieth century’s greatest talents, Benjamin Zuskin (1899-1952) was a star of the Moscow State Jewish Theater. In writing The Travels of Benjamin Zuskin, his daughter, Ala Zuskin Perelman, has rescued from oblivion his story and that of the theatre in which he served as performer and, for a period, artistic director.

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The book is about the great Soviet Jewish actor, Benjamin Zuskin, born in 1899 and executed by Stalin in 1952. Written by his daughter, this book is much more than a biography: the path of Zuskin's "travels" lies across the Moscow State Jewish Theater and the Jewish Anti-Fascist Committee, and the epoch which defined their stunning rise and tragic fall.

Described by theatre critics as one of the twentieth century’s greatest talents, Benjamin Zuskin (1899-1952) was a star of the Moscow State Jewish Theater. In writing The Travels of Benjamin Zuskin, his daughter, Ala Zuskin Perelman, has rescued from oblivion his story and that of the theatre in which he served as performer and, for a period, artistic director.

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Described by theater critics as one of the twentieth century’s greatest talents, Benjamin Zuskin (1899–1952) was a star of the Moscow State Jewish Theater. In writing The Travels of Benjamin Zuskin, his daughter, Ala Zuskin Perelman, has rescued from oblivion his story and that of the theater in which he served as performer and, for a period, artistic director. Against the backdrop of the Soviet regime’s effort to stifle any expression of Jewish identity, the Moscow State Jewish Theater - throughout its thirty years of existence (1919–49) - maintained a high level of artistic excellence while also becoming a center of Jewish life and culture. A member of the Jewish Anti-Fascist Committee, Zuskin was arrested under fabricated charges and eventually executed on August 12, 1952, along with twelve other eminent Soviet Jews and committee members.

Zuskin Perelman’s fascinating chronicle, more than just a personal memoir, conveys the vibrancy and energy of Jewish theater, celebrates the cultural achievements of Soviet Jews, and calls attention to the tragic fate that awaited them. The Travels of Benjamin Zuskin sheds light on Soviet Jewish history through the lens of one of the period’s most influential cultural icons.

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Critic Reviews

“Zuskin Perelman's book is a rare thing: an emotional recounting, with the benefit of hindsight, of what is was really like to live through the nadir of the Soviet-Jewish nightmare.”

The Travels of Benjamin Zuskin gives readers a full account of the life and career of an artist who was instrumental in advancing Jewish theatre and culture, but whose name may be less known to the general public. . . . The book is an excellent source for anyone interested in theatre, Jewish theatre and culture, Russian history, and life in general.-- "Theatre Library Association"

An exceptional treatment of both the life and artistry of Zuskin.

-- "Robert Weinberg, Swarthmore College"

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About the Author

Ala Zuskin Perelman was born in Moscow to Benjamin Zuskin and Eda Berkovsky, both actors in the Moscow State Jewish Theater. She was trained as an engineer, translator, and expert in scientific and technological information. In 1975, with her husband, Yuri Perelman, and their two sons, she immigrated to Israel, where she directed the Information Center at the Standards Institution and at the same time initiated or took part in projects commemorating Benjamin Zuskin and his milieu.

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Product Details

Publisher
Syracuse University Press
Published
30th March 2015
Pages
320
ISBN
9780815610502

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