Gal Beckerman is the author of the award-winning book, “When They Come for Us, We’ll Be Gone,” a history of the American Jewish movement to obtain the release of Soviet Jewish refuseniks from the 1960s to the 1980s. On March 14, 2011, he spoke about his book at the University of Colorado-Boulder in an event sponsored by the CU Jewish Studies Program and the Maria Rogers Oral History Program. In this recording of that talk he speaks about the process of researching and writing the book, the plight of the refuseniks, the cultural politics behind the involvement of American Jews in the situation, and Cold War politics that resulted in pressure on the Soviets to allow emigration. The discussion also touches on the efforts of Boulder Action for Soviet Jewry and the resettlement work done in Boulder with those who immigrated here.
This interview is part of a series about Boulder Action for Soviet Jewry.
View DVD and time-indexed transcript at Carnegie Branch Library.