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.

Shtern, Inna – OH1721
Interview Date: 2011

Inna Shtern, who is an emigre from Tashkent, Uzbekistan, talks about her and her family’s transition to Boulder with the help of Boulder Action for Soviet Jewry. She speaks about her Jewish identity, how it changed with her relocation, and … Continue reading

Skaggs, David – OH1704
Interview Date: 2011

David Skaggs describes his own history leading up to becoming a member of the House of Representatives and some of the work he’s been involved with since leaving public office. In the heart of the interview, he focuses on his … Continue reading

Slonim, Lydia and Victor – OH1684
Interview Date: 2010

Victor and Lydia Slonim emigrated from the Soviet Union to Boulder, Colorado, in 1989. Victor, who is Jewish, describes many aspects of antisemitism in the former Soviet Union, as well as harsh treatment of dissidents there. Lydia, whose family of … Continue reading

Vayshenker, Igor – OH0596
Interview Date: 1992

People: Igor Vayshenker.   Places: Boulder.   Subjects: Boulder Action for Soviet Jewry; Soviet Jewish immigration (1980s-1990s); cultural contrasts between USSR and USA; Boulder Jewish community.  

Vayshenker, Peter – OH1397
Interview Date: 2005

People: John Holmberg, Beth Palmer, Igor Vayshenker   Places: Boulder   Topics: immigration to the United States from Russia, learning to speak English, comparison of the United States and Boulder with Russia and the Soviet Union (housing, education system, cultural … Continue reading

Vayshenker, Peter G. – OH1683
Interview Date: 2010

Peter Vayshenker and his wife Maria immigrated to the United States in 1991 to join their grown children who had made the journey ten years before. In this interview Peter describes his family’s experiences of living in the Soviet Union, … Continue reading

Watkins, Carol – OH1655
Interview Date: 2010

In this interview Carol Watkins discusses her job as the Boulder Action for Soviet Jewry (BASJ) Absorption Coordinator, organizing and overseeing the resettlement of Jewish families who immigrated from the Soviet Union to Boulder during the 1990s. She comments on … Continue reading

Weisz, Shirley A. – OH1672
Interview Date: 2010

Shirley Weisz discusses her work designing English as a Second Language (ESL) curriculum for a variety of immigrant groups, including Cambodian, Hmong, Mexican, and Jewish Russian. In particular, she discusses such work for immigrants who came to Boulder through the … Continue reading

Werner, Donna – OH1654
Interview Date: 2010

In the summer of 1990 Donna Werner and her husband, Randy, were among the first volunteers with Boulder Action for Soviet Jewry (BASJ) to host a Russian immigrant family. The mission of BASJ was to provide human rights advocacy and … Continue reading

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