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“… We Must Save Our People” (On an Unrealized Project for a Russian Jewish Weekly in Pre-War Paris)

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Throughout his life, Poliakov-Litovtsev maintained a passionate commitment to the Jewish cause, and his contribution to Russian culture is in fact inseparable from his achievements as an activist in Jewish society. This chapter focuses on Poliakov- Litovtsev's life, his energetic, albeit unsuccessful, attempt to found a Russian Jewish weekly that, as he believed, would resist the waves of anti-Semitism washing over Europe in the 1920s and the early 1930s. During World War I and prior to 1917, Poliakov-Litovtsev served as a foreign correspondent for Russkoe slovo, the second leading daily in Russia, owned at the time by Ivan Sytin. Poliakov- Litovtsev, who, as a foreign correspondent of the Russkoe slovo, was already working beyond Russia's borders, became an émigré "naturally". In the early 1920s, he found himself first in Berlin, and then in Paris.

Keywords: anti-Semitism; émigré; Ivan Sytin; Poliakov-Litovtsev; Russian Jewish weekly; Russkoe slovo



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