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Refusenik Documentary Screening Part 2: The Rescuers and the Rescued

August 17, 2010 / Comments Off on Refusenik Documentary Screening Part 2: The Rescuers and the Rescued
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*This is the second in a series. Missed my earlier posts? Catch up here: Refusenik Documentary Screening Part 1: Defining Moments I was talking recently about the Refusenik documentary and my Edmonton screening to a couple of people, both Canadian Jews here in Toronto. The Soviet-Jewry cause had been a monumental issue for Canadian and…

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Refusenik Documentary Screening Part 1: Defining Moments

August 3, 2010 / Comments Off on Refusenik Documentary Screening Part 1: Defining Moments
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*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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Three generations, three languages: A former refusenik on language and identity

April 19, 2010 / Comments Off on Three generations, three languages: A former refusenik on language and identity
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Ha’aretz has an interview with Soviet refusenik writer David Markish, who immigrated to Israel in 1972. Thirty-six years later, Markish still writes all his books (15 so far, though almost none available here) in his native Russian. Markish’s father, Peretz Markish, a prominent Yiddish writer, was executed by the Soviet regime and the family was…

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Soviet and Jewish and stateless

March 1, 2010 / Comments Off on Soviet and Jewish and stateless

1980. I was just barely two years old, but already a stateless refugee when my family arrived in Canada that winter. Six months earlier, we’d left the Soviet Union, travelling first to Vienna and then, by train, Rome. That year, we were among the 50,000-odd Jews who’d been permitted to leave the USSR. We were…

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