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War and Peace:
The Soviet Jewish Experience from World War II until the Demise of the Soviet Union
Edith Rogovin Frankel

PROGRAM DESCRIPTION: Beginning with the harrowing experience of Soviet Jews after the German invasion in June, 1941, this lecture series will trace their fate during the war and then in the last years of Stalin's life, known as the "Black Years of Soviet Jewry." Developments during the post-Stalin years of the Thaw, the end of the Khrushchev era and the inauguration of the Brezhnev years will be discussed, including the growth of dissident activity, the "publication" of samizdat, the famous trials of the period including the Leningrad Hijacking, ending in the transformative years under Gorbachev. How did these events affect the Jewish population of the Soviet Union and how did they contribute to the growing feelings of Jewish identity and a wish to emigrate, first to Israel and, later, to other destinations? The series will culminate with a discussion of the exodus of large numbers of Soviet Jews and the world-wide effort to help them. There will be some hand-out material and extensive use of visuals.

1. World War II, Soviet Jews and the Post-War Experience
2. The Death of Stalin, the Thaw, Khrushchev and Soviet Jews
3. The Brezhnev Era, Dissidents, Trials and Samizdat
4. Let My People Go: The Jewish Awakening, Zionism, and the Emigration Movement.
BIOGRAPHICAL INFORMATION:  ​Dr. Edith Rogovin Frankel is a native-born American who lived in Israel for many years. While in Jerusalem, she taught at the Hebrew University. Her BA is from Cornell University and her Ph.D. (from Columbia University)  is in Comparative Government.   For many years Frankel specialized in the Soviet Union with a particular interest in the inter-action between government and literary policy.  She gradually moved towards
Jewish history, specifically in the Russian Empire and the Soviet Union, as well as the Habsburg Empire, and has taught  many of these subjects. ​Dr. Frankel has published a number of books and articles in this field and, most recently, Old Lives and New: Soviet Immigrants in Israel and America, based on a series of interviews with new immigrants in both Israel and the U.S. at the end of the 1970's and again 25 years later.  Dr. Frankel has also taught at Stanford University, Dartmouth and University College London. The website for her most recent book:

Time: 9:00 am - 10:45 am
Date: Fridays, February 12, 19, 26; March 4
Location: Barry and Florence Friedberg Auditorium, Boca Raton Campus
Fees: Member advance registration - $37
Door price member/non-member - $55

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