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Power of Protest: The Movement to Free Soviet Jews

On view December 6, 2017 - January 15, 2018
Commemorating the 30th anniversary of Freedom Sunday

Soviet Jews posters

The personal stories of American Jewish activists and Soviet Jews – known as refuseniks – will be brought to life in Power of Protest: The Movement to Free Soviet Jews, a new traveling exhibition created by the National Museum of American Jewish History. The exhibition will explore the significance of this dramatic, risky, and emotionally fraught social justice movement, what The Atlantic’s Jeffrey Goldberg has called “the most successful human rights campaign of our time.”

After World War II, Jews who lived in the Soviet Union were denied the rights to live freely, practice Judaism, or leave the country. A worldwide human rights effort on their behalf brought together organizations, student activists, community leaders and thousands individuals 
 and reached the highest echelons of the American government. Americans staged public demonstrations across the country, held a massive Washington rally, and called for politicians to speak out. The exhibition will serve as a reminder of the unique promise of religious freedom and our continuing responsibility to preserve and protect that freedom.

Power of Protest
is a small-scale, free-standing exhibition designed to travel to small galleries, libraries, synagogues, Jewish community centers, university campuses, and historic societies. To learn more about bringing the exhibition to your community, click here.

This exhibition is supported, in part, through a Museums for America grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services, a government agency dedicated to advancing innovation, lifelong learning, and cultural and civic engagement.

[Images, L to R] Poster, Freedom March for Soviet Jews, Library of Congress. Poster, Solidarity Sunday, New York, 1978, NMAJH, 1990.49.1, Gift of New York Coalition for Soviet Jewry. Poster, National United Jewish Appeal, NMAJH 1998.1.1.A. Gift of David and Elaine Ravich.