By Murray Friedman, Albert D. Chernin
Because the early Sixties, a few 1.3 million Jews from the Soviet Union and its successor states have immigrated to the West, basically to Israel and the U.S.. principally end result of the creative and skillful mobilization efforts of Jews and their acquaintances during the international this nice exodus had vital ramifications for US relatives with the Soviet Union/Russia and Israel. moreover, the good fortune of yankee Jews in mounting and maintaining this lobbying attempt represented a coming of age for the group, which on a couple of a long time ahead of have been not able to extricate hundreds of thousands of Jews from Europe and the Nazis. This booklet, half background, half occasion, combines essays by way of students with memoirs and primary hand bills to chronicle this notable rescue undertaking.
Read Online or Download A Second Exodus: The American Movement to Free Soviet Jews PDF
Similar minority studies books
The belief of equality is significant to American civic lifestyles and one of many foundations of our nationwide identification. fees of unequal therapy stay voiced national, in either the general public discourse and the courts, but there isn't any consensus at the which means of equality. Competing perspectives in this subject have erupted right into a cultural clash that looms huge in modern American politics.
Who're these on the backside of society? there was a lot dialogue in recent times, on either Left and correct, in regards to the lifestyles of an alleged 'underclass' in either Britain and america. it's been claimed this team lives outdoors the mainstream of society, is characterized by way of crime, suffers from long term unemployment and unmarried parenthood, and is alienated from its middle values.
During the last decade there were major advances within the box of migration and ethnic experiences, ranging in subject from ethnic clash and discrimination to nationalism, citizenship, and integration coverage. yet a lot of those reports are orientated in the direction of the us, slighting, while now not outright ignoring, the ecu point of view.
Additional info for A Second Exodus: The American Movement to Free Soviet Jews
Joseph Shapiro described the plot in the 1954 American Jewish Yearbook as “an unheard of outbreak of anti-Semitism. Together with the agents of [Lavrenti] Beria’s [secret police] apparatus . . Jews were to be made scapegoats for all the failures and crimes of the Friedman & Chernin: A Second Exodus 20 page 20 ov e rv i e w Soviet regime. . [To this end] a worldwide ‘Jewish conspiracy’ was invented. . All this was accompanied by a barrage of propaganda . . to show . . Jews . . [as] traitors, spies, imperialist agents, embezzlers and outright murderers .
Kennedy was well prepared; he had received, at his request, a memorandum on the problem drafted by Feldman and the State Department. 52 Also in August, Lewis H. Weinstein, then chairman of NCRAC and a longtime friend of Kennedy from Boston, raised the issue of Soviet Jewry with the president. Kennedy told Weinstein he would ask Averell Harriman to raise the issue of Soviet Jews with Khrushchev, with whom he was engaged in discussions in Moscow on a nuclear test ban. Weinstein’s discussion led him to draft an extensive memorandum on the issue for Attorney General Robert Kennedy, to whom he knew the president turned on certain Soviet issues.
George N. Shuster, Upton Sinclair, Reinhold Niebuhr, Sidney Hook, Edgar Alan Mowrer, and Horace Kallen. They urged “freedom-loving individuals . . ” In a letter to the New York Times, seven prominent American writers (Saul Bellow, Leslie Fiedler, Irving Howe, Alfred Kazin, Philip Rahv, Lionel Trilling, and Robert Penn Warren) appealed to the Soviet government to permit Jews to emigrate, noting that Israel and other countries were ready to receive them. Eleanor Roosevelt expressed her concerns about Soviet government discrimination against Jews in a meeting with Khrushchev, who rejected the accusation.
A Second Exodus: The American Movement to Free Soviet Jews by Murray Friedman, Albert D. Chernin