Jewish Autonomous Region

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Jewish Autonomous Region

(Placename) an administrative division of SE Russia, in E Siberia: colonized by Jews in 1928; largely agricultural. Capital: Birobidzhan. Pop: 190 900 (2002). Area: 36 000 sq km (13 895 sq miles). Also called: Birobidzhan or Birobijan

Jew′ish Auton′omous Re′gion

an autonomous region in the Khabarovsk territory of the Russian Federation in E Siberia. 216,000; 13,900 sq. mi. (36,000 sq. km). Cap.: Birobidzhan.
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The first Stalinist purges of 1936-38 decimated the political and cultural leadership of the Jewish Autonomous Region.
He discusses internal conflicts in this press, Soviet Yiddish language experiments, and the plan for the Jewish autonomous region of Birobidzhan.
Fefer and other Jewish writers of the Russian Jewish Anti-Fascist Committee had been arrested and charged with attempting to have the Jewish Autonomous region in Birobidjan moved to the Crimean Peninsula.
L'CHAYIM, COMRADE STALIN: Documentary about the Soviet Union's Jewish autonomous region, said to be the world's first Yiddish homeland.

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