Silent No More
Saving the Jews of Russia, the American Jewish Effort, 1967-1989
By (author) Henry L. Feingold
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Silent No More by Henry L. Feingold
Book DescriptionLeading scholar and author of the celebrated five-volume series, "The Jewish People in America", Henry L. Feingold offers a fresh and inspiring look at the Russian/Soviet Jewish emigration phenomenon. Haunted by its sense of failure during the Holocaust, the Soviet Jewry movement set for itself an almost unrealizable goal of finding sanctuary for Jews from a hostile Soviet government. Working together with activists in Israel and Europe, and with a remarkable group of refuseniks that had been denied the right to emigrate, this courageous group mounted a relentless campaign lasting almost three decades. Although Feingold credits Israel with initiating the struggle for Soviet Jewry and fostering it within American Jewry, he maintains that it was the actions of a secure and confident American Jewry that finally delivered the Jews from the Soviet Union. Feingold's mastery of detail and broadness of scope provide a prodigious and sweeping account of the American Jewish movement. He finds early roots of the effort in the American Jewish involvement with Jewish emigration in late Tsarist Russia which bear a startling resemblance to the Kremlin's reaction during the cold war. He highlights both the human dimension of the exodus as well as the complex international ramifications of the movement especially in the Middle East. "Silent No More" concludes by pondering the role of the movement's effective public relations campaign, which focused on the human right of freedom of movement in hastening the collapse of the Soviet empire. His rigorous scholarship sheds light on an important, yet rarely told episode in history, one that will enliven further examination of the subject. This book will be of interest to scholars of American Jewish history, the cold war, Israeli studies, and American ethnic and immigration history.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780815631019
(254mm x 178mm x 29mm)
Imprint: Syracuse University Press
Publisher: Syracuse University Press
Publish Date: 15-Dec-2006
Country of Publication: United States
Books By Author Henry L. Feingold
American Jewish Political Culture and the Liberal Persuasion, Hardback (February 2014)
This monumental work answers the grand question of where American Jewish liberalism comes from and ultimately questions whether the communal motivations behind such behaviour are strong enough to withstand twenty-first-century America.
Zion in America, Paperback (March 2003)
Feingold (emeritus, history, City U. of New York) traces the roots of Judaism in the US back to 15th-century Europe; the genesis of American religious tolerance; and aspects of the immigrant experience, cultural survival, and Zionism. This republication of the 1981 edition, which revised the origin
Lest Memory Cease, Paperback (December 1996)
Noting the remarkable success of American Jews in the business and professional world, Feingold questions the price paid for such success in terms of the loss of the distinct Jewish identity and direction.
Bearing Witness, Paperback (December 1995)» View all books by Henry L. Feingold
This text focuses on the role of the Roosevelt administration and American reaction to the Holocaust in the domestic environment of the Depression to the international scene. The constraints of the American political system in the 1930s and 1940s is also included here.
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Author Biography - Henry L. Feingold
Henry L. Feingold is professor emeritus from CUNY and Baruch College, where he is the director of its Jewish Resource Center. He is the author of numerous books including Finding Meaning In the American Jewish Past, Bearing Witness: How America and Its Jews Responded to the Holocaust, and Lest Memory Cease: Finding Meaning in the American Jewish Past, the last two books also published by Syracuse University Press where he serves as the editor of the Modern Jewish History series.
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