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Old Lives and New: Soviet Immigrants in Israel and America
     

Old Lives and New: Soviet Immigrants in Israel and America

by Edith Rogovin Frankel
 

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This is the moving story of a number of individuals who made the difficult and sometimes hazardous decision to leave their home, family, and friends and start new lives in Israel and the United States. Edith Rogovin Frankel interviews them twice: shortly after they leave the Soviet Union in the late 1970s and again, twenty-five years later, when they have long

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This is the moving story of a number of individuals who made the difficult and sometimes hazardous decision to leave their home, family, and friends and start new lives in Israel and the United States. Edith Rogovin Frankel interviews them twice: shortly after they leave the Soviet Union in the late 1970s and again, twenty-five years later, when they have long been settled in their new lives. Their experiences—from their formative years in the Soviet Union, to their decisions to leave, to their struggles to receive permission to emigrate—illuminate the complex history of Soviet Jews. The story of their emigration represents the universal tale of anyone who has ever migrated, hoping to find a new and better life elsewhere. Above all, this is the personal story of these men and women, of the desires that inspired them and of the dogged faith that kept them going.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780761857846
Publisher:
Hamilton Books
Publication date:
04/13/2012
Pages:
220
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.70(d)
Age Range:
18 Years

What People are Saying About This

From the Publisher
One of the strengths of this book is its portrayal of individuals: their personal stories, struggles, dilemmas and achievements. Each story . . . has lessons in it to illuminate and to inspire. —Sir Martin Gilbert, historian

The twists and turns of Soviet Jewish lives are portrayed well by someone who has a deep understanding of their cultures, old and new. —Zvi Gitelman, professor of political science and Tisch Professor of Judaic Studies at the University of Michigan

Old Lives and New paints an incredibly sweeping and human portrait of Soviet Jewry over the past century . . . interweaving the stories of a number of Soviet Jewish families in a way that makes a whole community come to life. —Gal Beckerman, author of When They Come for Us We’ll be Gone: The Epic Struggle to Save Soviet Jewry

Meet the Author

Edith Rogovin Frankel is a political scientist who has published widely on the Soviet Union and Soviet Jews. She is the author of Novy Mir: A Case Study in the Politics of Literature 1952–1958 as well as studies on the ethnic Germans of the Soviet Union, the Soviet treatment of Jews, and Soviet Jewish voting patterns in Israel. Frankel has taught at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Dartmouth College, Stanford University, and University College London, among others. She has developed a website, www.oldlives.com, about this book.

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