“Hail, Caesar!” and Warszawianka

Lenin’s favorite revolutionary song in “Hail, Caesar!”: As Ken Jensen aptly notices, it is funny that the Coen brothers chose the Red Army Choir version rather than the very famous one interpreted by Paul Robeson, a hero of the peace movement whose champion, in the last years of Stalin’s rule, was Ilya Ehrenburg. Paul Robeson was friends with some of the members of the Jewish Antifascist Committee and, when he visited Moscow, insisted to meet Feffer. The MGB organized a hotel meeting in which the terrorized Itzik Feffer, himself a former secret police collaborator, acted as a free man. It was a grotesque charade.. Thanks, John Feffer, for the story…






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