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The Struggle for Soviet Jewry and the Making of a Local Emigre Community
May 2 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Join us for Salem Ancestry Days as we welcome Dan Eshet and Regina Kazyulina to talk about one of the many immigrant communities on the North Shore. Since the end of the 1980s, more than 10,000 Jewish refugees from the former Soviet Union have settled in the Greater Boston area. Their arrival represented the culmination of more than two decades of protest across the country aimed at freeing Jews from Soviet persecution and antisemitism. Our talk will examine this group’s history and the human rights campaign waged on their behalf, while at the same time situating both within the larger story of Jewish migration from Eastern Europe. Dan Eshet is the program director at the Center for Holocaust and Genocide Studies at Salem State University. He has written and lectured extensively on human rights, modern Jewish history and the Holocaust. Regina Kazyulina is a program research associate at the Center for Holocaust and Genocide Studies at Salem State University. Her work focuses on gender and the lived experiences of Soviet civilians.