Draws on newly released government documents to trace the three-decade effort to protect Jewish Soviet citizens after World War II, providing coverage of the movement's impact on Judaism, the Cold War, and immigration.
Part I: After the thaw, 1963-1970 Beneath the earth, 1963-1966 "Failure may have become our habit," 1963-1964 A circumcision at the Dacha, 1966-1969 The overall orchestra, 1965-1969 "Escape, daughter of Zion dwelling in Babylon," 1969-1970 Part II: Their own détente, 1970-1980 Outrageous things, 1970-1972 Birth of the refusenik, 1970-1972 Linkage, 1972-1975 Politiki and kulturniki, 1975-1977 The shaming, 1977-1978 Trial and exile, 1977-1980 Part III: Slouching towards glasnost, 1981-1987 Hopelessness, 1981-1984 Pawns again, 1985-1986 "Mr. Gorbachev, let these people go!" 1986-1987 Afterword: Hundreds of thousands, 1988-1991.
Includes bibliographical references (pages 568-579) and index. Sami Rohr Prize for Jewish Literature, Winner, 2012 National Jewish Book Awards - Jewish Book of the Year, Winner, 2010