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Can you imagine: to put our life in two suitcases?

4 Jan

This video, “Coming to America: Soviet Jews Reflect on Their Immigration Experiences,” was created by Cat Bell, who was an intern for the Maria Rogers Oral History Program during the fall semester of 2012.

The oral history program has partnered with the University of Colorado Jewish Studies program since 2010 to collect oral histories about Soviet Jewish immigrants who left the Former Soviet Union and relocated in Boulder from 1987 to 1997. This collection includes interviews with both the immigrants themselves and with members of Boulder Action for Soviet Jewry, a group that assisted hundreds of Soviet Jews in both their emigration from the Former Soviet Union and resettlement in Boulder.

Cat Bell conducted new interviews for the collection and reviewed the existing interviews as part of her internship. These interview clips, from interviews with Alla Levy and Anna Nemirovskaya, were chosen for their moving stories about leaving and finding home.

The original interviews were conducted by Shirley Steele, David Shneer, and Brandon Springer. They can be heard in their entirety at www.boulderlibrary.org/oralhistory, the Boulder Library’s online oral history archive (choose “Special Collections,” then choose “Boulder Action for Soviet Jewry”).

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