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Ilya Novofastovsky emigrated from Leningrad, Soviet Union (USSR) to New York United States in 1987
“История Ильи Новофастовского, успешного профи, ратующего за сердечность. Записала Наоми Зубкова Еврейское подполье Я родился в Ленинграде в 1973 году.Дядя моего дедушки - Шнеерсон. Так что в Любавичских кругах ко мне особое отношение, а я, со своей стороны, стремлюсь ему...”

Russian Jews Don't Cry

uri norwich emigrated from Novosibirsk, RUSSIA to New York United States in 1977
“Back on August 1, 2012 I posted an excerpt from my then newly published book “Russian Jews Don’t Cry” . It just went into 2nd edition, and it appears that many, many people found it quite interesting. I'd like to offer to your readers another small excerp, and this time...”

Lyudmila Teply emigrated from Lugansk, Ukraine to Tiberia Israel in 1997
“В Израиль я с семьей приехала в 1997 году, когда мне было 32 года. Мы приехали в Израиль из Украины, г.Луганска. Приехали мы в город Тверия, где и живём по сей день. Моя семья : муж Сергей и сын Денис. Также в г.Тверия живут мать мужа и его брат с семьей, они приехали через...”


Vladimir Bychkov emigrated from Moscow, Soviet Union (USSR) to New York United States in 1974
“In 1973, the possibility of emigration from the Soviet Union started looming on the horizon. Because the Jewish religion in the USSR was destroyed, anti-Semitism was the only force behind a notion of being Jewish. A strong awakening of Jewish identity occurred with the...”

Пять лет Новой эры

Anna Snitkovsky emigrated from Almaty, Kazakhstan to Boston United States in 1990
“Еще в брежневские времена я пыталась поехать в гости к маме в Бостон. Но партбюро ГорОНО, где я тогда работала, отказалось подписать мне характеристику. Позже, в разгар перестройки, в 1987 году я все же провела у мамы в Бостоне два с половиной месяца. Нужно было думать о...”

I Feel Like an American

Leonid Vaysman emigrated from Kiev, Ukraine to Los Angeles United States in 1998
“I emigrated on April 13 1998 from Kiev. I was 67 years old, and I worked in the USSR until the very last day in a science lab as a supervisor, and I have a Ph.D. I came with my wife. Four years earlier, my youngest son Eugene moved here. I left because I didn’t have any...”

The Journey

Gabriel Mayer emigrated from Cluj, to New York United States in 1961
“I want to share a little of my story today, sitting in Ben Gurion Airport, as I await my flight back home to Orlando,FL. I was born in Cluj,Romania. My parents,survivors,were doctors and taught at the Medical University of Cluj; my family was made up of my older brother,...”


Polina Rayevsky emigrated from Moscow, Soviet Union (USSR) to New York United States in 1978
“«Однажды, в студеную зимнюю пору, мы из дому вышли; был сильный мороз» - Мысленно я несколько перефразировала поэта. Порывы леденящего ветра с силой били мне в лицо, а малиновый берет вздулся и, рванувшись вверх, превратил мою старательно уложенную прическу в хаос...”

Voice of Ladispoli

Victor Kaganer emigrated from St. Petersburg, RUSSIA to New York United States in 1989
“In 1989, Victor and his wife left Russia and came to Italy, where they lived in Ladispoli for seven months with their daughter, son-in-law, and newborn granddaughter. Victor worked as an editor of a newspaper called “Voice of Ladispoli”, but his real profession was...”

Cold War

Rimma Zaraysky emigrated from Leningrad, Soviet Union (USSR) to St. Louis United States in 1980
“On March 23, 1980, me, my husband and our two daughters said good-bye to our relatives, friends and coworkers and to our beloved Russia and boarded the plane St. Petersburg-Vienna. In Vienna we were placed in a hostel for Russian emigrants for 10 days. In this beautiful...”