A dual interview with William Cohen and Mary Hey regarding the inception of Boulder Action for Soviet Jewry as it coincided with the development of the Soviet Sister City Program. After twenty-four years, Cohen and Hey discuss and analyze collisions and misunderstandings between the two groups. Through the context of the ethics of advocacy, they consider the tenuous nature of Cold War interactions with Soviet officials, and how that informed their differing approaches to advocacy. With much laughter and 20/20 hindsight, they discuss what could have been done differently to foster better communication between the groups, what they would not change, and the eventual successes of the individual groups.
This interview is one of a series about Boulder Action for Soviet Jewry, and also focuses on the Soviet Sister Cities Program.
View DVD and time-indexed transcript at Carnegie Library.