Exiled to Palestine
The Emigration of Soviet Zionist Convicts, 1924-1934
Published March 5th 2013 by Routledge – 160 pages
Series: Cummings Center Series
This is the unknown story of how Zionists imprisoned by Soviet authorities were allowed to choose sentences of permanent departure to Palestine, where they helped build Jewish society, the backbone of left-wing parties, and the powerful trade union movement.
These leading authors bring to light undiscovered documents from archives opened after the collapse of the Soviet Union and go on to revise fundamental assumptions about these events. They examine the means by which internal power struggles and personal interventions in the uppermost echelons of the Soviet leadership allowed the Zionists to disseminate their message and recruit thousands of members before the massive arrests of the mid-1920s; demonstrate the extent to which personal contacts between Zionists and those who aided them, Soviet leaders and members of the security services, were vital to initiating and sustaining the practice of substitution; and using a broad array of British and Zionist documents, they reveal the crucial role of Anglo-Zionist co-operation in facilitating the immigration of Zionist convicts.
This book will of great interest to all students and scholars of Jewish and Israeli, Russian and Soviet and European and British history.
"In one of the more strange cases of crime and punishment of all time, Zionists who were imprisoned by Soviet authorities in the 1920s and 1930s had the option of permanent exile to Palestine. The presence of these pioneers/prisoners was duly noted there, for they immediately began to build communities. Galili (Russian history, Rutgers U.) and Morozov (research, Cummings Center for Russian and East European Studies) use fresh documents for archives opened after the collapse of the Soviet union to describe how internal conflicts within the Soviet leadership allowed Zionists to take root in Palestine and develop a Jewish polity, including a trade union movement. They describe Zionism in Soviet Russia, the movement of the exiles, conflicts in Palestine between the settlers and the British, and the rather twisted logic that allowed the emigration in the first place." --Reference & Research Book News
List of Documents 1. Introduction: Zionism in Soviet Russia 2. Out of the USSR: The Exiles and Pompolit 3. Into Palestine: The Zionists and the British 4. Postscript 5. Documents