Archive of the American Soviet Jewry Movement

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Friday, March 06, 2009

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The Archive of American Soviet Jewry Movement (1963-1990) was established by the American Jewish Historical Society (AJHS), New York. The movement has been a "worldwide effort to obtain freedom for Jews in the Soviet Union to practice their religion without state persecution or discrimination or to emigrate to Israel, the United States or elsewhere to seek the blessings of freedom, and to pursue lives of their own choosing."
The Archive comprises records of individuals, grassroots and national organizations. Besides information on the historical backround on the movement, the history of the movement itself and a list of archival holdings, a number of particular guides to selected record groups can be found:
The Jerry Goodman Papers will be available from April 2009.
A list of audio-recordings (PDF) is available online as well. Furthermore the Union Catalog of the Center for Jewish History (CJH) contains 34 posters from the National Conference on Soviet Jewry.

(Picture: Poster from the National Conference on Soviet Jewry "Let my people go")

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