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 sense of needing to leave Tajikistan in order to provide his daughter with a secure future. He tells about the process of obtaining refugee status and permission to leave the Soviet Union, his arrival in Boulder, and the assistance given his family by Boulder Action for Soviet Jewry (BASJ) that aided them in adjusting to life in America. He became a citizen in 1996, and he relates his appreciation of the political freedoms of expression that are part of U.S. culture and how he and his friends always include a toast to the United States as part of all of their celebrations.
This interview is part of a series about Boulder Action for Soviet Jewry.
Anti-Semitism (Soviet Union),
United States citizenship,
View DVD and time-indexed transcript at Carnegie Branch Library.