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Has the Soviet Jewry movement anniversary forgotten Soviet Jews themselves?

February 19, 2013
March for Soviet Jews pin - commemorating Soviet Jewry movement anniversary

Have you joined the virtual march to commemorate the real march for Soviet Jews yet? On December 6, 1987, some 250,000 people rallied in Washington, DC, to demand immigration rights for Soviet Jews. If you missed it, you can “remember” by joining the virtual march. There are a lot of people talking about the Soviet…

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A Q&A on the Soviet Jewry movement with Gal Beckerman

September 23, 2010
Book cover for Gal Beckerman's When They Come for Us We'll Be Gone

When I first started this blog, I’d stated that very little has been written about the Soviet Jewry movement, and that most of it focuses on the movement in North America and on the better known refuseniks such as Natan Sharansky. A new book coming out today goes a long way to undo all that.…

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Refusenik Documentary Screening Part 3: We Weren't All Refuseniks

August 18, 2010

*This is the third in the series on the Refusenik documentary. Read the first two posts here (Part 1: Defining Moments) and here (Part 2: The Rescuers and the Rescued). As I wrote in my first post on the Refusenik documentary screening, the evening gave me a chance to see the different levels of knowledge…

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Refusenik Documentary Screening Part 1: Defining Moments

August 3, 2010

*This is the first in a series. Read part 2 here: Refusenik Documentary Screening Part 2: The Rescuers and the Rescued A few weeks ago, I did a film screening in Edmonton for a small group of Soviet Jews, all family friends, who I’ve previously interviewed for my project. The film is Refusenik, a documentary…

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Soviet Jewry movement Leningrad hijacking in New York Times

June 21, 2010
Aeroflot Soviet-era plane like the one used in the Leningrad hijacking

Update: Gal Beckerman talks to the Forward about the Leningrad hijacking in this week’s Reporters’ Roundtable podcast: “Remembering a Milestone the Soviet Jewry Movement.” The interview begins at about the four minute mark. Beckerman also talks about where the hijackers live today and how they view their contribution to the Soviet Jewry movement: “They really…

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