We Are Jews Again

Jewish Activism in the Soviet Union

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Yuli Kosharovsky
Ann Komaromi
Stefani Hoffman
Modern Jewish History
  • Syracuse, NY: 
    Syracuse University Press
    , June
     440 pages.
     For other formats: Link to Publisher's Website.
Review coming soon!

Review by Gennady Estraikh forthcoming.


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.

About the Author(s)/Editor(s)/Translator(s): 

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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