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Sioux Falls Atheists endorse Jews in Service to the Tsar for showing us another one
of the unexpected twists in human history as strange as Hitler's Jewish Soldiers.

Jews in Service to the Tsar
By Lev Berdnikov

Jews in Service to the Tsar (2011) - 290 pages
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Benjamin Disraeli advised, “Read no history: nothing but biography, for that is life without theory.” With Jews in Service to the Tsar, Lev Berdnikov offers us 28 portraits spanning five centuries of Russian Jewish history, and each opens a new window onto the history of Eastern Europe’s Jews, illuminating dark corners and challenging widely-held conceptions about the role of Jews in Russian history.

The individuals profiled in these pages are bound by a single thread: each served a Russian tsar, emperor, or empress sometime between the fifteenth and nineteenth centuries. Beyond that, they were an exceptionally diverse lot – in addition to businessmen, diplomats, scholars, and doctors, there was a police chief, one of Russia’s most effective ministers of finance, and two very different “court jesters.” Taken together, their influence on the course of Russian history was profound.

Berdnikov’s book, which has enjoyed considerable popularity in Russia, has been called “a weighty document of historical truth,” and been acclaimed for its “calm impartiality,” for the “sincerity of the author’s voice,” and for the depth and breadth of Berdnikov’s research into archives and other historical sources that have only recently become accessible.

Lev Berdnikov is well known in Russia as a historian with a gift for extracting fascinating but little-known stories from dusty archives and forgotten sources. The author of six books and over 400 essays and articles, he received the Gorky Literary Prize for his 2009 book on Clowns and Jesters, and in 2010 he was honored the Bulat Okudzhava Cultural Fund for the Americas. Jews In Service to the Tsar is the first of Berdnikov's books to be translated into English.

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Jews in Service to the Tsar
By Lev Berdnikov

Sioux Falls Atheists endorse Jews in Service to the Tsar for showing us another one
of the unexpected twists in human history as strange as Hitler's Jewish Soldiers.