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The story of the struggle to save Soviet Jewry is full of drama, with mass protests and celebrity appearances (including Jane Fonda) on the American side, and secret gatherings, long prison sentences, and attempted hijackings on the other side. In a new book, When They Come for Us, We’ll Be Gone: The Epic Struggle to Save Soviet Jewry, Gal Beckerman reviews all that history, and throws some other remarkable stories into the mix, including the essential, yet top-secret, role the Israeli government played in fomenting a movement stateside in the 1960s.

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