The refusnik chronicles

The Diaspora Museum marks the 40th anniversary of the Six Day War with an exhibition covering the Jewish nationalist spirit that the war's victory ignited among Russian Jewry.

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October 25, 2007 14:04
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The refusnik chronicles

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The Diaspora Museum marks the 40th anniversary of the Six Day War with an exhibition covering the Jewish nationalist spirit that Israel's incredible 1967 military victory ignited among Russian Jewry, setting of a struggle that began with a cry for free immigration to Israel and ended with the struggle to lead a free Jewish existence in the Soviet Union. Jews of Struggle: The Jewish National Movement in the USSR, 1967-1989 presents photographs, posters, rare footage, artifacts, rare documents, books, diaries, albums, letters and art (pictured is the Let My People Go! poster, USA, 1973, artist Saul Bass; the Ilan Roth Collection, Herzliya). The subjects covered include the anti-Semitism that existed in the Soviet Union during the period of Stalin and his successors; the repression of Jews across the USSR; the attempts of various governments to hide the destruction of the Jews in the Holocaust; the reactions of Soviet Jews to the establishment of the State of Israel; Golda Meir's visit to Moscow in 1948; the closing of the Israeli embassy in 1967; the movement on behalf of Soviet Jewry among Jews around the world; and finally, the fall of the Iron Curtain in 1989 that opened the floodgates of aliyah to Israel. Opens Tuesday at the Diaspora Museum (Beth Hatefutsoth), Ramat Aviv, (03) 640-8000.


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