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When They Come for us, we'll be Gone

Houghton Mifflin Harcourt

At the end of World War II, nearly three million Jews were trapped inside the Soviet Union. They lived within a paradox, unwanted by a repressive Stalinist state yet forbidden to leave. Telling the full and inspiring story of their rescue here, Gal Beckerman shows not only how the movement led to a mass exodus in 1989, but also how it gave the American Jewish community a renewed sense of spiritual purpose and political muscle. "Gal Beckerman has written the definitive account of what might be the most successful human rights campaign of our time. This is a wonderful book: The narrative is thrilling and propulsive; the writing is beautiful; and the research absolutely authoritative. The movement to free Soviet Jewry will be studied for years to come as a model of non-violent civil disobedience, and Gal Beckerman's book will be read years from now as the masterwork on the subject."—Jeffrey Goldberg