City of Rogues and Schnorrers: Russia's Jews and the Myth of Old Odessa

City of Rogues and Schnorrers: Russia's Jews and the Myth of Old Odessa

Old Odessa, on the Black Sea, gained notoriety as a legendary city of Jewish gangsters and swindlers, a frontier boomtown mythologized for the adventurers, criminals, and merrymakers who flocked there to seek easy wealth and lead lives of debauchery and excess. Odessa is also famed for the brand of Jewish humor brought there in the 19th century from the shtetls of Eastern Europe and that flourished throughout Soviet times. From a broad historical perspective, Jarrod… (more)

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Publisher: Indiana University Press (November 14, 2011)

Parent ISBN: 9780253356468

Page count: 288 pages

Language: English


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