By Murray Friedman, Albert D. Chernin
Because the early Nineteen Sixties, a few 1.3 million Jews from the Soviet Union and its successor states have immigrated to the West, essentially to Israel and the U.S.. mostly as a result of imaginitive and skillful mobilization efforts of Jews and their acquaintances through the international this nice exodus had very important ramifications for US kin with the Soviet Union/Russia and Israel. furthermore, the good fortune of yankee Jews in mounting and maintaining this lobbying attempt represented a coming of age for the neighborhood, which on a couple of many years sooner than have been not able to extricate thousands of Jews from Europe and the Nazis. This ebook, half heritage, half party, combines essays through students with memoirs and primary hand bills to chronicle this striking rescue venture.
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Chernin, Making Soviet Jews an Issue 29 The Khrushchev visit to the United States produced no changes in the policies and practices of the Soviet Union. Discrimination against Jews in education, employment, and housing was as widespread as in czarist Russia. ”49 The closure of synagogues continued. 50 The Soviet media continued its vicious campaign against Zionism and Judaism. While there was no ban on baking matzoh, impediments to such baking prior to Passover began to appear in various Soviet cities that had the same effect as a ban.
The delegation reported, “Mikoyan reacted indignantly; there was no intention to send the Jews anywhere. . He also denied categorically the charges of official discrimination against Jews. ” This standard line would be repeatedly asserted by Soviet leadership, especially Khrushchev. 36 Neither Mikoyan nor any other Soviet official subsequently responded to the American Jewish Committee memorandum. ” That report was given credibility by a similar report appearing that same week in the usually authoritative London Jewish Chronicle, based on comments a Russian embassy official in London made to a Chronicle representative.
Friedman & Chernin: A Second Exodus page 39 A. D. Chernin, Making Soviet Jews an Issue 39 No budget was provided, and staff services were to be lent by member organizations. Initially working with Maislen and the steering committee as its professional coordinators were Hellman from the Presidents’ Conference, Jerry Goodman of the American Jewish Committee, and Jerry Baker of the Anti-Defamation League of B’nai B’rith. , convocation. Nevertheless, the American Jewish Conference on Soviet Jewry (AJCSJ) was now in business.