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The Vienna conversion affair

In the year 1969, the Jewish Agency succeeded in rescuing a few Jews from the USSR. Read what happened to them in Vienna.

The Vienna conversion affair

Watch: Aspiring rapper performs newest single in the studio

His father was a famous singer in the USSR who immigrated to the US in 1981 and his older brother served in the IDF after coming to Israel.

Watch: Aspiring rapper performs newest single in the studioplayer

Did Jews bring down the USSR?

The resilience of a handful of Jews against relentless assimilation may have contributed to the downfall of the Soviet empire.

Did Jews bring down the USSR?player

The Soviet origins of left-wing anti-Zionism

Today’s haters of Israel are heirs to one of the longest and most effective anti-Semitic propaganda campaigns in modern history. Op-ed.

The Soviet origins of left-wing anti-Zionism

Beware of the Russian bear trap

Dragging Russia into the "swamp" of a bloody guerrilla war is a brilliant US tactical victory, but perhaps a fatal strategic mistake.Op-ed.

Beware of the Russian bear trap

The Leningrad Trial - a modern day Hannukah saga

The trial began on the first day of Hannukah and the accused's imprisonment lasted for years, but a miracle occurred along the way. Excerpt.

The Leningrad Trial - a modern day Hannukah saga

Iron Faith

As Rosh Hashannah nears, stories of faith and sacrifice that occurred behind the Iron Curtain and how the Jews of the USSR stood the test.

Iron Faithplayer

The 'secret' Soviet-Israeli war: Why no one noticed

A secret war between the USSR and Israel that could have started a third world war and why military experts avoided discussing it in public.

The 'secret' Soviet-Israeli war: Why no one noticedplayer

Why did Stalin's Russia ask to join NATO?

In a little-known plot by Stalin's henchmen, the USSR once tried to become part of the alliance formed to counter its influence.

Why did Stalin's Russia ask to join NATO?player

On sale: KGB espionage equipment

Ruptly reports on a Beverly Hill auction of nearly 500 rare devices used by Soviet spies collected by man once recruited by KGB.

On sale: KGB espionage equipmentplayer

Time to heed George Orwell's warning

When the USSR fell in 1989, the West thought that it had won and that communist dictatorships were finished forever. Not so. Op-ed.

Time to heed George Orwell's warning

It's a black day for Hollywood

Two out of four Soviet-style criteria must be met to be nominated for awards, and they have nothing to do with good acting. Op-ed.

It's a black day for Hollywood

Soviet America

In Soviet America, there is only one opinion. Mob Culture permits no deviation. Am I allowed to say this? Is it cool? Is it safe?  Op-ed.

Soviet America

Pesach 1963: The struggle to free Soviet Jewry

Pesach 1963: The struggle to free Soviet Jewry

From an illegal Jewish movement to a Seder in the Gulag

From an illegal Jewish movement to a Seder in the Gulagplayer

When they come for us, we'll be gone

When they come for us, we'll be gone

Simchat Torah in Soviet Russia 1928

Simchat Torah in Soviet Russia 1928

Prague 1968-2018: Europe betrays its allies

Prague 1968-2018: Europe betrays its allies

A Comedy of Terrors: Western progressive thinking against nature & man

A Comedy of Terrors: Western progressive thinking against nature & man

EU-SSR: Bleeding Utopia

EU-SSR: Bleeding Utopia

Leading Prisoner of Zion Passes Away, Aged 88

Refusenik played a key role in one of the defining moments of the struggle to free Soviet Jewry with a daring plot to hijack a Soviet plane.

'Prisoner of Zion' Marc Dymshits Passes Away, Aged 88