Collection: Boulder Action for Soviet Jewry

The members of Boulder Action for Soviet Jewry worked for the release of Soviet Jewish “Refusniks” during the 1980s and 1990s, and then helped immigrants resettle in Boulder. This collection includes interviews with Soviet Jewish immigrants and BASJ members, including organizers, board members, host families, volunteer coordinators, and ESL tutors.

Kalendareva, Esfira (Essa) – OH1824
Interview Date: December 1, 2012

Esfira “Essa” Kalendareva discusses her family’s emigration from the former Soviet Union to Boulder, Colorado. She talks about the oppression of the Jewish community in Russia and the privations of life in the former Soviet Union and how those things … Continue reading

Landman, Mikhail – OH1711
Interview Date: 2011

Mikhail Landman grew up in Dushanbe, Tajikistan, and emigrated to the United States in 1991. He describes his family’s experiences during World War II, his childhood and education in the Soviet Union, the development of his Jewish identity, and his … Continue reading

Levy, Alla – OH1675
Interview Date: 2010

Alla Levy, with her husband and two sons, was the first of the families from Dushanbe, Tajikistan, to be resettled in the United States by Boulder Action for Soviet Jewry. She recalls the highs and lows of their life in … Continue reading

Nagel, Joan – OH1671
Interview Date: 2010

Joan Nagel, along with her husband, Bill, served as an “anchor” family (aka host family) through Boulder Action for Soviet Jewry for a family of Soviet Jewish emigres from Dushanbe who arrived in 1991. Joan describes her own family history … Continue reading

Nagel, William F. – OH1670
Interview Date: 1950

Bill Nagel talks about the experience of helping a Soviet Jewish immigrant family to resettle in the Boulder area in the early 1990s through Boulder Action for Soviet Jewry, and the deep friendship that sprung up between the two families. … Continue reading

Nemirovskaya, Anna – OH1665
Interview Date: 2010

Anna Nemirovskaya and her family came from Uzbekistan to Boulder in 1993 as one of the families involved with the Boulder Action for Soviet Jewry (BASJ) effort. She recalls their life in the former Soviet Union and the factors that … Continue reading

Plam, Olga Plam – OH1647
Interview Date: 2010

Painter Olga Plam emigrated from the Soviet Union to the United States with her husband and son in 1977, after three years of trying to obtain an exit visa. She vividly describes the persecution experienced by Jews in the Soviet … Continue reading

Richtel, Murray – OH1659
Interview Date: 2010

In this interview Judge Murray Richtel recalls leading a group of lawyers and judges on a trip to the USSR in 1986. He remembers the subtext of that trip being for him to contact Soviet Jews and learn first hand … Continue reading

Schneiden, Inna L. – OH1709
Interview Date: 2011

In this interview, which is part of the Boulder Action for Soviet Jewry collection, Inna Schneiden, originally from Moscow, recalls stories of her Jewish family going back to the early days of communism in the Soviet Union. Her great-grandparents and … Continue reading

Shtern, Igor – OH1720
Interview Date: 2011

Igor Shtern discusses growing up in Tashkent in the United Soviet Socialist Republic (currently Uzbekistan) as a young Jewish man. He describes the trials of being Jewish in a hostile environment. Eventually, he and his wife emigrated to America, and … Continue reading

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