The Dream of Social Justice and Bad Moral Luck by Alice Nakhimovsky
Eight Jewish Lives under Stalin
Jews of Russia & Eastern Europe and Their Legacy
The Dream of Social Justice and Bad Moral Luck examines the intertwined lives of five women and three men, Russian Jews in the first half of the twentieth century, as their belief in social transformation unraveled. The book looks at why these eight people bought into the dream, and what they did when things went bad. Under what circumstances did they bow to political pressures antithetical to the ideas they professed, and under what circumstances did they resist, even heroically? Political cowardice is a constant theme, but so is moral resistance that had no point beyond an individual’s conscience.
Year first published: 2022