The Wind That Shook Prestate Israel’s Emigrants to Crimea

In 1928, around a hundred Jews left Mandatory Palestine for Crimea, then an outpost of Stalin’s Russia. Not the greatest idea.

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In September 1927, citing “telegrams from Moscow,” Haaretz reported on negotiations between a head of the Labor Battalion in Palestine and the Soviet government. The goal: to get 100 pioneers to go back and...