An idiosyncratic fellow-traveller



Title An idiosyncratic fellow-traveller: Vilhjalmur Stefansson and the American committee for the settlement of Jews in Birobidzhan
Author(s) Henry F. Srebrnik
Journal East European Jewish Affairs [Great Britain]
Date 1998
Volume 28
Issue 1
Start page 37
End page 53
Abstract Discusses the role of Canadian-born arctic explorer, scientist, and writer Vilhjalmur Stefansson (1879-1962), who, during the 1930's-40's, became active in the American Committee for the Settlement of Jews in Birobidzhan (or Ambijan), a US Communist front organization that relocated Jews to eastern Siberia. Although some Jews (including Albert Einstein) supported the idea, most did not, doubtless owing to the extreme weather and isolation, the onset of the Cold War, and the founding of Israel in 1948.

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