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Leaving Russia
A Jewish Story

Maxim D. Shrayer

Cloth $29.95    |    978-0-8156-1024-3    |    2013
ebook 978-0-8156-5243-4

Finalist for the 2013 National Jewish Book Award

"Leaving Russia adds color to the black and white world forced on Jews in the old Soviet Union. In this book, Shrayer describes an emotional journey—not just from Russia to America, but from spiritual darkness into light. The book also explains why Jews felt forced to leave a country they loved, when it grew clear that country would never, could never, love them in return."—Wyatt Andrews, CBS News National Correspondent

"An exquisite memoir. . . . An unforgettable first-person account of Jewish life and Jewish suffering during the final years of Russian Communism."—Jonathan D. Sarna, author of When General Grant Expelled the Jews

  Leaving Russia

  Born in Moscow in 1967, Maxim D. Shrayer is a professor at Boston College and a bilingual writer and translator. Shrayer has authored ten books, among them the memoir Waiting for America, the collection Yom Kippur in Amsterdam, and the Holocaust study I Saw It: Ilya Selvinsky and the Legacy of Bearing Witness to the Shoah. Shrayer’s Anthology of Jewish-Russian Literature won a 2007 National Jewish Book Award, and in 2012 he received a Guggenheim Fellowship. Visit www.shrayer.com .

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