But notoriously some, like Morton Sobell, were both. For the Jewish community, their highly visible profile was a constant source of tension and embarrassment.
The case of Eric Hobsbawm.
The word “Jew” is never heard in The Mortal Storm, but the message is clear.
With the recent death of the unrepentant spy, his story, along with that of other American Jews steeped in Communism, can finally be told.
From Berlin to Warsaw to Moscow to Ramallah.
The socialist in the back of shul.
Too many Communists in the kitchen—making blintzes.
Refuting an anti-Semitic libel need not involve papering over Soviet crimes.
A Moses who led thousands to the promised land.
“I benefited from many Jewish guides and guideposts on my road to Roman Catholicism.”
Among the unbelievers.
And the priestly blessing.
Their dreams were unrealistic, but their evaluation of Communism wasn’t.