Anti-Semitic Trends in Soviet Lithuania from 1948 to 1953 Cover Image

Antisemitizmo raida sovietinėje Lietuvoje 1948–1953 metais
Anti-Semitic Trends in Soviet Lithuania from 1948 to 1953

Author(s): Justas Stončius
Subject(s): History, Political history, WW II and following years (1940 - 1949), Post-War period (1950 - 1989), History of Antisemitism
Published by: Vytauto Didžiojo Universitetas
Keywords: Anti-cosmopolitan campaign; Anti-Zionism; The Doctors’ plot; Imperialism; Soviet propaganda; Lithuanian SSR; Newspaper “Tiesa”;

Summary/Abstract: The article provides an analysis of anti-Semitic trends in the Lithuanian SSR in the period 1948–1953 based on the communist newspaper „Tiesa“ and reminiscences of Jews. Hostility towards Jews was instigated at a state level in the Soviet Union, yet it manifested itself differently in peripheral republics. Therefore this study attempts to analyze the development of campaigns against “cosmopolitanism” and “doctors-saboteurs” in Lithuanian SSR and to reveal Jewish experiences in the anti-Semitic discourse built by the Soviet propaganda. The following thesis is verified: propagandists employed anti-Semitism not so much to divert frustrations and dissatisfaction of the USSR citizens with the Soviet regime but rather to promote the assumption that the struggle against “enemies” inevitably requires reconciliation with systematic repressions targeted at certain groups within society.

  • Issue Year: 2017
  • Issue No: 68
  • Page Range: 41-67
  • Page Count: 27
  • Language: Lithuanian