Soviet children's literature

Among the most historically interesting are the Soviet children’s books, which represent a difficult chapter in Yiddish literature. Like all Soviet publications, children’s books were subject to strict ideological supervision, and it is possible to watch the authors’ initial enthusiasm for post-revolutionary culture harden into propaganda and at last give way to a palpably desperate praise of Stalin. The career of the very gifted Leib Kvitko, which ended on August 12, 1952 with Stalin’s execution of thirteen Jewish writers and intellectuals, provides an example.

December 16, 2009