Let My People Go: The Untold Story of Australia and the Soviet Jews 1959-89

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Gefen Publishing House, 2015 - History - 273 pages
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For 50 years, until the Berlin Wall fell in 1989, the Soviet Union ran a campaign of repression, imprisonment, political trials and terror against its 3 million Jews. In Australia, political leaders and the Jewish community contributed significantly to the international protest movement which eventually triumphed over Moscow's tyranny and led to the modern Exodus of Soviet Jews to Israel and other countries.

Lipski and Rutland make this largely unknown Australian story come alive with a combination of passion, personal experience and ground-breaking research.

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Sam Lipski is an Australian journalist, born in Melbourne, Victoria in 1938. He earned his BA at the University of Melbourne and was awarded an honorary Doctor of Laws from Monash University (2008). He has worked for The Age, The Australian, The Bulletin, The Sydney Morning Herald, and others as a reporter, columnist and a Washington Correspondent. He is the co-author, with Suzanne D, Rutland, of Let My People Go: The Untold Story of Australia and the Soviet Jews 1959-89. They were joint winner of the 2016 Prime Minister's Literary Award for Australian history.

Suzanne D. Rutland was born in Sydney, in 1946. She is a Jewish Scholar, Writer, and an associate professor and Chair of the Department of Hebrew, Biblical and Jewish Studies of the Faculty of Arts at the University of Sydney. Her work includes The Edge of the Diaspora: Two Centuries of Jewish Settlement in Australia, and The Jews in Australia. She is the co-author, with Sam Lipski, of Let My People Go: The Untold Story of Australia and the Soviet Jews 1959-89. They were joint winner of the 2016 Prime Minister's Literary Award for Australian history.

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