American Abroad: Freedom's Ugly Underside

Freedom's Ugly Underside

For more than 40 years, the dead weight of domination by the U.S.S.R. and repression by Stalinist regimes crushed political culture in Eastern Europe. Now, with the encouragement of the Kremlin, reformers are lifting the boulder. But in the midst of burgeoning democracy, personal freedom and national independence, some verminous creatures are crawling into the sunlight. The ugliest and most poisonous is anti-Semitism, which has a long and robust history in that part of the world.

A recent issue of the Soviet weekly Ogonyok, which has campaigned against anti-Semitism, printed some of the hate mail it has received: "You Jews started...

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