Soviet Jewish Immigration – Links

Soviet Jewish Immigration

Refusenik – documentary chronicling the Soviet-Jewry movement from both sides of the iron curtain; the first such retrospective, the film includes interviews with a number of key refuseniks and North American activists (and a laughable interview with Gorbachev), plus photographs and film clips of the USSR, including a KGB stakeout. A must-see!

MyStory – project of the Hebrew Immigrant Aid Society (HIAS), which assisted thousands of Jews on their emigration through Vienna and Rome, and on to Canada, the US, and other countries. MyStory documents individual stories of the emigrants in Russian and English.

Redeeming the Captives – video commemorating the 40th anniversary of the Soviet Jewry movement

Remember and Save Association – established by former refuseniks and activists, the organization works to create an archive of the movement in both the US and the former USSR; they initiated the 2007 “Jews of Struggle” exhibit at the Museum of the Jewish Diaspora in Israel

National Conference on Soviet Jewry – an organization which has reinvented itself since the fall of the Soviet Union, the NCSJ website chronicles the movement from 1967 onwards with an online archive

Archive of the American Soviet Jewry Movement – archive of the movement in the US

Jews of Struggle – Israeli curriculum about Soviet Jewry, with lots of useful background material

Soviet Jewry Project – Archives from the Jewish Historical Society of Greater Washington

Other Relevant Links

Centre for European, Russian, and Eurasian Studies (CERES) – holds lectures and events on eastern Europe, including the FSU, at the University of Toronto

Soviet Jewish Culture – individual stories and interviews about life in the USSR on the eve of the Holocaust

Union of Councils for Jews in the Former Soviet Union – founded in 1970 to fight for Jewish freedom in the USSR, the UCSJ now works to promote human rights in the FSU (former Soviet Union)

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