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Soviet Essays Published in N.Y.

A collection of signed underground essays by eminent Soviet Jewish intellectuals was published here this week as the first analytical study by Soviet Jews themselves of the nature and character of their reawakening to Jewish culture and commitment.

Compiled by the Academic Committee on Soviet Jewry and published by the Anti-Defamation League of B’nai B’rith as a paperback entitled, “I Am A Jew: Essays on Jewish Identity in the Soviet Union,” the writings are edited by two leading Soviet Jewish activists. Aleksander Voronel and Viktor Yakhot.

Both men were removed from their academic positions after applying for emigration. Yakhot now resides in Israel.