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 as a result ingenious and skillful mobilization efforts of Jews and their acquaintances through the global this nice exodus had vital ramifications for US family members 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 neighborhood, which on a couple of many years ahead of were not able to extricate hundreds of thousands of Jews from Europe and the Nazis. This booklet, half historical past, half get together, combines essays by way of students with memoirs and primary hand money owed to chronicle this outstanding rescue challenge.
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Chairing the meeting in the absence of Philip Klutznik, then chairman of the Presidents’ Conference, Label Katz, president of B’nai B’rith, asserted that he, too, had raised questions about the jurisdiction of the Presidents’ Conference. On the other hand, representatives of several Zionist organizations urged the Presidents’ Conference to assume jurisdiction. 40 Jacob Pat, executive director of the Jewish Labor Committee, expressed his opposition to meeting with Khrushchev. What was to be Friedman & Chernin: A Second Exodus page 27 A.
Chernin, Making Soviet Jews an Issue 27 gained, he asked, contending that Khrushchev would use the meeting as a forum for Soviet propaganda. In any case, if such a meeting were held, Pat urged that a carefully drafted memorandum be prepared that should spell out specific questions and demands, and that such a memorandum be published in advance of the meeting, or in the absence of a meeting with Khrushchev. Others shared Pat’s concerns. Ben Koenigsberg, of the Union of Orthodox Jewish Congregations of America, agreed that Khrushchev would use the meeting as a propaganda vehicle to deny discrimination against Jews in the Soviet Union.
Zaroubin. No replies were received. Thirty-six leading American intellectuals signed a protest statement issued by the Congress for Jewish Culture on 11 July 1956. The signatories included Dr. 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.
A Second Exodus: The American Movement to Free Soviet Jews by Murray Friedman, Albert D. Chernin