A Second Exodus: The American Movement to Free Soviet Jews

A Second Exodus: The American Movement to Free Soviet Jews

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Overview

Since the early 1960s, some 1.3 million Jews from the Soviet Union and its successor states have immigrated to the West, primarily to Israel and the US. Largely due to the imaginative and skillful mobilization efforts of Jews and their friends throughout the world, this great exodus had important ramifications for US relations with the Soviet Union/Russia and Israel. In addition, the success of American Jews in mounting and sustaining this lobbying effort represented a coming of age for the community, which only a few decades before had been unable to extricate millions of Jews from Europe and the Nazis. This book, part history, part celebration, combines essays by scholars with memoirs and first-hand accounts to chronicle this extraordinary rescue mission. CONTRIBUTORS: Zvi Gitelman, Marshall I. Goldman, Douglas Kahn, William Korey, Nehemiah Levanon, Micah H. Naftalin, Walter Ruby, Richard Schifter, Myrna Shinbaum, Steven F. Windmueller, and the editors

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780874519136
Publisher: Brandeis University Press
Publication date: 05/01/1999
Series: Brandeis Series in American Jewish History, Culture, and Life Series
Pages: 275
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.80(d)

About the Author

MURRAY FRIEDMAN is Director of the Temple University Center for American Jewish History, Mid-Atlantic State Director of the American Jewish Committee, and author of What Went Wrong: The Creation and Collapse of the Black - Jewish Alliance (1995). ALBERT D. CHERNIN is Executive Vice Chair Emeritus, National Jewish Community Relations Advisory Council.

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