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Soviet Anti-Semitism

  • Soviet Jewry Campaign Also Transformed American Jewry

    When Jacob Birnbaum began knocking on dormitory doors at Yeshiva University in the spring of 1964, he only half-believed anyone would answer. The young British activist had come to New York to mobilize a grassroots campaign to draw attention to the plight of 3 million Jews trapped behind the Iron Curtain — a cause that… More ▸

  • The Soviet Jewry Campaign Transformed American Jewry, Too

    When Jacob Birnbaum began knocking on dormitory doors at Yeshiva University in the spring of 1964, he only half-believed anyone would answer. The young British activist had come to New York to mobilize a grassroots campaign to draw attention to the plight of 3 million Jews trapped behind the Iron Curtain — a cause that… More ▸

  • At Russian Forum on Historic Trial, Speakers Prefer to Focus on Present

    History isn’t always about the past. So said participants at a round-table discussion here regarding the case of Mendel Beilis, a Jew from Kiev who spent two years in jail in the early 20th century on charges he killed a Christian boy for ritual purposes before he was found not guilty. The discussion that took… More ▸

  • Dispelling Myths, Book Shows Jewish Role in Soviet War Effort

    A book honoring the memory of Soviet Jewish soldiers during World War II who died defending their country was recently completed. It took a group of veterans and researchers 10 years to collect and verify the names, vital data and causes of death for Jewish members of the Red Army and Soviet navy who died… More ▸

  • Jews Assess Anti-semitism in Russia As Congress Moves to Revise Trade Policy

    The first indications of a possible trade war between Russia and the United States surfaced earlier this month when Russia followed through on its decision to ban U.S. poultry imports due to health considerations. As if nostalgic for the Cold War tradition of tying every problem to the Jewish question, U.S. Trade Representative Robert Zoellick… More ▸

  • Gorbachev Condemns Anti-semitism in Statement at Babi Yar Ceremony

    Soviet President Mikhail Gorbachev’s unprecedented acknowledgment and condemnation of anti-Semitism has received a welcome response from Jewish organizational leaders, who now want to see words followed up by deeds. Gorbachev acknowledged the existence of Soviet anti-Semitism in a statement read on his behalf at a ceremony Saturday night commemorating the murder of tens of thousands… More ▸

  • Gorbachev Promises Jewish Leader He Will Speak out on Anti-semitism

    Soviet President Mikhail Gorbachev promised an American Jewish leader Wednesday that he would publicly condemn anti-Semitism in the Soviet Union. Gorbachev, who has been accused in some Jewish circles of deliberately sidestepping the issue, spoke frankly and at length about it to Shoshana Cardin, chairman of the National Conference on Soviet Jewry, during a meeting… More ▸

  • Soviet Official Says Direct Flights Would Restrict Freedom of Choice

    Because the Soviet Union believes in “freedom of choice” for Soviet Jews wishing to emigrate, it will not drop its ban on direct emigre flights to Israel for the foreseeable future, a senior Soviet Embassy official said Tuesday. Soviet political counselor Vyacheslav Matuzov said that for economic reasons, many Jews who are able to leave… More ▸