By Annelise Orleck
This energetic, relocating narrative presents the 1st entire account of the emigration of approximately 500,000 Soviet Jews to the us among 1967 and 1997. through weaving a large choice of immigrant voices and pictures including old, journalistic, social carrier, and mental stories of Soviet Jewish immigration, this e-book deals a accomplished and hugely readable creation to the background, politics, and tradition of this significant new American inhabitants. themes lined contain the various purposes for his or her exodus from the Soviet Union, what they discovered within the usa, the groups they created there, and the cultural difficulties they encountered. the writer, a professional in this team, dispels stereotypical notions approximately Soviet Jewish immigrants via exploring the great social, political, and cultural range of the approximately part million Soviet Jews now residing within the United States.
Making plentiful use of interviews and images, this publication is as available because it is informative. It opens with a background of Jewish lifestyles within the Soviet Union as remembered by way of aged immigrants. Theirs are gripping memoirs of the turbulence of innovative Russia, the horror of Nazi profession, Josef Stalin's post-war attack on surviving Jewish leaders, and the emergence from the ashes of a flourishing Jewish counterculture within the Sixties and Nineteen Seventies. Immigrant voices narrate the background of this Jewish exodus, which all started as a protest move by way of a handful of brave activists and built right into a mass migration. the second one 1/2 the e-book vividly inspires existence in Soviet Jewish groups around the usa, from the crowded city panorama of Brighton seashore, Brooklyn, to the palmy, smoggy enclave of West Hollywood, California. type, gender, and cultural and political divisions are all addressed during this interesting portrait of a fancy and various community.
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