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At the heart of Silver’s Soviet essay on love in the time of anti-Semitism is a cliché just waiting to be birthed into existence. When she meets Mike, a progressive quasi-Jew who encourages Silver to flee to the States, you know they’re going to fall in love. Maybe even run away together. But they never do. That’s the most satisfying part of “Lenin Was Half-Jewish, and So Can You” – it focuses instead on the cultural pressures of WWII Jewish life, saving the sap for the silver screen version of the War.
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