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A Second Exodus
The American Movement to Free Soviet Jews
Murray Friedman, ed.; Albert D. Chernin, ed.

Available only as an ebook.


Brandeis Series in American Jewish History, Culture, and Life

Brandeis University Press
1999 • 275 pp. 6 x 9"
Jewish Studies / History - 20th Century / Cold War Studies


$7.99 Ebook, 978-1-61168-666-1

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"An important book . . . From the personal testimony to the historical analysis, this book is one of a kind and should be read not only by those who witnessed these events, but by those for whom this period is a heritage to be cherished and understood." —San Francisco Jewish Bulletin

A first-time chronicle of the US Soviet Jewry Movement.

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



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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