On Sunday, October 17, 2021, Curator Shulamith Berger represented Yeshiva University in a recorded panel discussion on Confronting Anti-Semitism. Participants represented each of the Center for Jewish History partners, and Shuli launched the discussion with a history of the Student Struggle for Soviet Jewry Collection of posters and other material in the university Archives.
After sharing biographical information on Jacob Birnbaum, founder of the Student Struggle, Shuli explained the importance of the collection in documenting the organization’s resistance to anti-Semitism in the United States, its impact on student activism, and the birth of public protest in the American Jewish community. She noted how news of the protests were uplifting to imprisoned dissident Natan Sharansky’s spirit. Listen to Shuli’s comments at the start of the recording here.