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Creating a Cold War Boogeyman: Aron Vergelis's Political Career

Jewish Social Studies. 2020. Vol. 25. No. 3. P. 103-129.

In November 1963, Aron Vergelis, editor of the Moscow Yiddish journal Sovetish
Heymland (1961–1991), visited the United States for the first time. This was the first
American voyage of a Soviet Jewish cultural personality since 1943, when Solomon
Mikhoels and the Yiddish poet Itsik Fefer famously toured the United States as leaders
of the Jewish Anti-Fascist Committee. As it turned out, this would be the beginning of
Vergelis’s quarter-century career as a globetrotting Cold War era propagandist. This article
analyzes the circumstances by which Vergelis, a figure of modest influence and stature, appeared as a visible figure in the arena of Soviet-Western ideological confrontation.