By Murray Friedman, Albert D. Chernin
Because the early Nineteen 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 USA. principally end result of the resourceful and skillful mobilization efforts of Jews and their neighbors during the international this nice exodus had very important ramifications for US family members with the Soviet Union/Russia and Israel. moreover, the good fortune of yank Jews in mounting and maintaining this lobbying attempt represented a coming of age for the group, which on a number of many years sooner than were not able to extricate thousands of Jews from Europe and the Nazis. This e-book, half historical past, half party, combines essays by means of students with memoirs and primary hand bills to chronicle this remarkable rescue venture.
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72 The statement stressed, “Our action is not to be considered in any sense as an exacerbation of political conflict between East and West. ”73 Thirty years later, making such requests to the secretary of state or even the president would be routine, certainly uncontroversial. However, prior to the conference, Dr. Nahum Goldmann, president of the World Jewish Congress and the World Zionist Organization, as well as the principal founder of the Conference of Presidents, expressed concern about such requests in letters to Lewis Weinstein.
59 Goldberg felt that Friedman & Chernin: A Second Exodus 32 page 32 ov e rv i e w Dobrynin’s denials required a shift of the American Jewish community from quiet diplomacy to responsible protest. S. government be linked to any direct relationship between the United States and the Soviet Union. Advocacy for Soviet Jews should be on humanitarian grounds. He endorsed proposals for the convening of a national mobilization conference. He also urged that Jewish organizations undertake a major educational program on this issue throughout the United States.
Kennedy, raised the issue of Soviet Jews with the president. Feldman was particularly concerned about the problem of Soviet Jews seeking to rejoin families abroad from whom they had been separated during World War II. Kennedy was favorable to the emigration of Jews from the Soviet Union, said Feldman. However, the president felt that there was little he could do about it at the time other than to send personal messages to Khrushchev or to use private diplomatic channels. Nevertheless, Kennedy raised the issue with Gromyko.
A Second Exodus: The American Movement to Free Soviet Jews by Murray Friedman, Albert D. Chernin