Trivia



The one bit of trivia listed on this page for this film says so much:

In the scene where people sing a lullaby in various languages to the black child, the bit sung in Yiddish by Solomon Mikhoels was cut out of the film for distribution in the USSR, for a time when a state-backed anti-Semitism campaign was unleashed.

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Made all the more ironic by the fact that the film's message is about the racial and ethnic tolerance in the Soviet Union!

"God is nowhere, God is now here"
-Hey Nostradamus, Douglas Coupland

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Exactly. How many untold times over the decades have I heard the implicit position of so many Russians: Oh yes, we know all about racism and bigotry-- it's what you Americans have/had in the way you treat/treated your blacks.


They "know" about this because in the States there is a dialogue about prejudice. This is as opposed to many other nations in which prejudice is perpetuated indefinitely without question or reflection, often assisted by government institutions.

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Or because that piece of trivia is complete bull....

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Do you have a historical source that makes you doubt the story, or are you just projecting your own inability to deal with cases of bigotry?

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Just read some of your other posts and got my answer. Seems you have a staggering difficulty dealing with some fundamental realities of Soviet history and prefer a reconsctructed, head-in-the-sand fantasy Soviet realm in which you work out your own clear insecurities by flirting with moral extremism.

Maybe a psychiatrist would be more effective than public posts?

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Oh yes, you got me red handed...haha get it? RED handed?

Many members of the politburo and bureaucracy were jewish, Lazar Kaganovich, Anastas Mikoyan, are the most well known. All during the times of Stalin.

There is no source for such a claim that this "trivia" makes.

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No source? This bit of trivia refers to the period of anti-Semitism from 1948 to 1953, when Stalin's public speeches repeatedly stoked the idea of Jews being insufficiently patriotic and controlled by American propaganda. It was during this period that all references to Jews in public discourse were suppressed, and an entire generation that had grown up knowing very well the lullaby sung by Mikhoels in Tsirk suddenly noticed the song cut from any re-showings of the movie.

And by the way, Mikhoels himself, who led a Jewish activist organization, was murdered by Stalin's direct orders, as declassified archival documents show incontrovertibly.

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There were just as many jews that had been arrested during the "Great Purge" than non jews, there were no targeting of jews.

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It was a propaganda film.

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