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  •  An earlier version of Fiddler on the Roof (0+ / 0-)

    Opened in Moscow in 1934 under the name "Tevya the Dairyman"; it had performances in Yiddush and Russian and was a big hit for its time and venue.  1934 was the height of Stalinist tyranny, the end of the deliberate famine in the Ukraine resulting from Stalin's destruction of the crops and blockade of food going into the Ukraine - this killed millions of people, and the opening of Stalin's Great Purge, where Stalin kiilled millions more.  I've never seen it, but at this stage of Stalin's regime no play or musical could not have been performed without strict compliance with Stalinist Orthodoxy, including a promotion of atheism.  I don't think the Communist censors would have been involved in any niceties between Tanach and Bible.

    "We have always known that heedless self-interest was bad morals, now we know that it is bad economics." Franklin Delano Roosevelt, Jan. 20, 1937

    by Navy Vet Terp on Sun Nov 25, 2012 at 08:44:16 AM PST

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