Welcome to Birobidzhan

That the region failed to thrive is hardly surprising, given its swampy location, poor climate and the Stalin-sponsored waves of anti-Semitism that characterised the dictator's later years. But somehow, despite having just a tiny number of Jews living here, Birobidzhan retains a few hints of its Jewish heritage and is a pleasant and unusual place to get off and wander around on your way along the Trans-Siberian.

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