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Jewish RadicalsA Documentary History$
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Tony Michels

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780814757437

Published to NYU Press Scholarship Online: March 2016

DOI: 10.18574/nyu/9780814757437.001.0001

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“These Glad Days of Russian Freedom” (1917)

“These Glad Days of Russian Freedom” (1917)

(p.219) 43 “These Glad Days of Russian Freedom” (1917)
Jewish Radicals

Katherina Maryson

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This chapter is a letter expressing delight at the news of the czar's abdication and Russia's subsequent freedom, penned by Yiddish writer and anarchist Dr. Katherina Maryson to fellow writer and socialist Anna Strunsky Walling. Maryson had been writing from her sickbed at the time, and expressed her disbelief over the news before gradually coming to terms with it, and her reaction mirrors in part the exultation of many immigrant Jews upon hearing of the czar's downfall. The letter also notes that the ongoing war does spoil these glad tidings somewhat, and hopes for a speedy resolution to it, as well as a better future for Russia and its estranged citizens.

Keywords:   Russia, Russian Revolution, czar's abdication, Katherina Maryson, immigrant Jewry, Anna Strunsky Walling, Russian freedom

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