Thursday, July 28, 2005

You learn something new every day, and some days you're more lucky than others. Whilst conducting research on the Polish energy sector, I came across (in a very roundabout sort of way), the story of Russia's Jewish Autonomous Oblast. It's a bit odd, because I've read quite a bit about the history of the Jewish people, and till now nobody ever told me about this.

In a nutshell, Yevreyskaya avtonomnaya oblast was Stalin's proposed homeland for the Jews. Today it still exists as an administrative entity. It's out near Vladivostok, and a few unconvential thinkers still suggest it as an alternative Jewish homeland. Although only 1.2% of the population is Jewish, there's a Yiddish newspaper and radio station.

Alas, it is now time to continue with my tasks.


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