"We Are Jews Again"
Jewish Activism in the Soviet Union
Edited and with an Introduction by Ann Komaromi
Translated by Stefani Hoffman
With a Preface by Joshua Rubenstein
A condensed and edited English-language edition of Yuli Kosharovsky’s extraordinary
four-volume history of the Soviet Jewish movement.
"Yuli Kosharovsky has recorded lively and insightful personal accounts that
form the backbone of an exceptionally intimate and well-rounded look at the
Soviet Jewish movement from the inside."—Yaacov Ro‘i, professor emeritus of history at Tel-Aviv University
Yuli Kosharovsky (1941–2014) was born in the Ural region of central Russia. He became
an active leader of the Jewish refusenik movement, and in 1989, he immigrated to Israel,
where he continued to advocate for Jewish freedom.
Ann Komaromi is associate professor of comparative literature at the University of Toronto.
She is the author of Uncensored: Samizdat Novels and the Quest for Autonomy
in Soviet Dissidence.
Stefani Hoffman is working as a freelance academic researcher, editor, and translator
after her retirement from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. She has published several
articles on Soviet Jewry and translated the memoirs of outstanding Soviet Jewry activists,
such as Natan Sharansky, Ida Nudel, and Hillel Butman.
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Kosharovsky’s authoritative four-volume history of the Jewish movement in the
Soviet Union is now available in a condensed and edited volume that makes
this compelling insider’s account of Soviet Jewish activism after Stalin available
to a wider audience. Originally published in Russian from 2008 to 2012,
"We Are Jews Again" chronicles the struggles of Jews who wanted nothing more
than the freedom to learn Hebrew, the ability to provide a Jewish education for
their children, and the right to immigrate to Israel. Through dozens of interviews
with former refuseniks and famous activists, Kosharovsky provides a vivid and
intimate view of the Jewish movement and a detailed account of the persecution
many faced from Soviet authorities. In the voices of the men and women
who participated on the front lines, we learn about the support from Israel and
Western organizations, the changing political climate, and a growing international
movement. These poignant personal accounts bring to life an important
yet little-known episode of history.
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6 x 9, 384 pages, 40 black/white illustrations, appendix, notes, bibliography, index