Tag Archives: refugee resettlement

Landman, Mikhail – OH1711

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

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Nagel, Joan – OH1671

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

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Werner, Donna – OH1654

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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Plam, Olga Plam – OH1647

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

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Cohen, Sara-Jane – OH1649

Sara-Jane Cohen was involved with Boulder Action for Soviet Jewry (BASJ) from its beginning and through the process of resettling refuseniks from the Soviet Union in Boulder. She talks about her own experiences as an activist, starting in college with … Continue reading

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Watkins, Carol – OH1655

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

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Cohen, William M. Cohen – OH1648

A wide-ranging interview with Bill Cohen covering the founding and history of Boulder Action for Soviet Jewry (BASJ) in 1987 and, later, the Center for Human Rights. He talks about increasing anti-Semitism in the Soviet Union and how human rights … Continue reading

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