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

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 USA. principally as a result of the resourceful and skillful mobilization efforts of Jews and their acquaintances during the international this nice exodus had very important ramifications for US kin with the Soviet Union/Russia and Israel. additionally, the good fortune of yank Jews in mounting and maintaining this lobbying attempt represented a coming of age for the group, which on a couple of a long time sooner than were not able to extricate thousands of Jews from Europe and the Nazis. This ebook, half historical past, half occasion, combines essays by means of students with memoirs and primary hand debts to chronicle this impressive rescue project.

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And leaders of many religious, social welfare, business and political groups. ”67 Weinstein was disappointed that Israeli Friedman & Chernin: A Second Exodus 36 page 36 ov e rv i e w officials, including Israel’s ambassador to the United States, Avraham Harman, declined to participate. His perception was somewhat puzzling in light of the behind-the-scenes role that Eliav and Rosenne had played in encouraging the new posture and the convening of this conference. Their refusal was not a reflection of any concern Israel had about the conference, although Weinstein thought that was the case.

In what was a new position at the consulate, Rosenne’s role as consul was to focus solely on the issue of Soviet Jewry. While maintaining low profiles, there is little doubt that Eliav and Rosenne played key roles in influencing leadership and grassroots to put this issue on the agenda of the United States, and to encourage a campaign of responsible public protest. Before coming to New York, Rosenne, representing the Lishkat, organized in Friedman & Chernin: A Second Exodus page 33 A. D. Chernin, Making Soviet Jews an Issue 33 Paris the first major international conference of intellectuals on Soviet Jewry.

Three days later, on 22 November, President John F. Kennedy was assassinated. A month before, in Cleveland, Dr. Herbert Caron and Dr. Louis Rosenblum, who were single-minded in their dedication to the cause of Soviet Jewry, organized the Cleveland Committee on Soviet Anti-Semitism. It was a group organized outside of the Jewish establishment. Their mission was to galvanize the American Jewish establishment, nationally and locally, to undertake a massive, ceaseless public campaign for Soviet Jews.

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