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December 27, 1990 | DANIEL WILLIAMS, TIMES STAFF WRITER
It's a long way from Birobidjian to Jerusalem, a journey of 10,000 miles and one that crosses between rival solutions to what was once delicately called the Jewish Problem. Birobidjian is known for its voracious mosquitoes and an attempt by dictator Josef Stalin to design a national home for Jews in the Soviet Union. By all accounts, the mosquitoes remain as hungry as ever, but Birobidjian's Jewish inhabitants, driven by fear of ethnic conflict, have begun to leave for Israel.
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December 27, 1990 | DANIEL WILLIAMS, TIMES STAFF WRITER
It's a long way from Birobidjian to Jerusalem, a journey of 10,000 miles and one that crosses between rival solutions to what was once delicately called the Jewish Problem. Birobidjian is known for its voracious mosquitoes and an attempt by dictator Josef Stalin to design a national home for Jews in the Soviet Union. By all accounts, the mosquitoes remain as hungry as ever, but Birobidjian's Jewish inhabitants, driven by fear of ethnic conflict, have begun to leave for Israel.
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November 3, 1987 | WILLIAM J. EATON, Times Staff Writer
Soviet leader Mikhail S. Gorbachev told the Soviet people Monday that Josef Stalin committed "enormous and unforgivable" crimes in the 1930s, and he announced that a top-level commission has been set up to investigate them and exonerate their victims. At the same time, Gorbachev praised Stalin's decision to collectivize farming and proceed with rapid, state-controlled industrialization despite the "excesses" and widespread suffering they caused.
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