Guide to the Papers of Rachel Braun,
1979

*P-967

Processed by Andrey Filimonov

American Jewish Historical Society

Center for Jewish History

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Electronic finding aid was encoded in EAD 2002 by Andrey Filimonov in April 2013. Description is in English.

Descriptive Summary

Creator: Braun, Rachel
Title: Rachel Braun Papers
Dates:1979
Abstract: The collection contains papers of the American Soviet Jewry movement activist Rachel Braun. The materials focus on the tour of the Soviet Union she took in 1979, under the guise of a tourist, with the intention to secretly meet Soviet Jews, deliver messages and material aid for the Refuseniks and Soviet Jewish Prisoners of Conscience, and to collect information on their circumstances. The materials include diaries, photos and clippings.
Languages: The collection is in English.
Quantity: 1 folder. (1/8 linear foot)
Identification: *P-967
Repository: American Jewish Historical Society
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Historical Note

The Papers of Rachel Braun represent one collection housed within the Archive of the American Soviet Jewry Movement (AASJM). These papers reflect the effort, beginning in the 1960s through the late 1980s, of thousands of American Jews of all denominations and political orientations to stop the persecution and discrimination of Jews in the Soviet Union. The American Soviet Jewry Movement (ASJM) is considered to be the most influential Movement of the American Jewish community in the 20th century. The beginnings of the organized American Soviet Jewry Movement became a model for efforts to aid Soviet Jews in other countries, among them Great Britain, Canada, and France. The movement can be traced to the early 1960s, when the first organizations were created to address the specific problem of the persecution and isolation of Soviet Jews by the government of the Soviet Union.

In January of 1979 an undergraduate student at Gratz college, Rachel Braun (then known by her maiden name Rachel Avi Eisenberg of West Hartford, CT), took a tour of the Soviet Union under the guise of a tourist. The real purpose of the trip was to secretly meet Soviet Jews, deliver messages and material aid for Refuseniks and Soviet Jewish Prisoners of Conscience, and to collect information and requests for future visitors from the West. On this trip she was accompanied by a La Salle college student, Carol Polin. The trip was co-sponsored by the Jewish Campus Activities Board run by the Jewish Center of Atlantic Beach, and by the Student Struggle for Soviet Jewry (SSSJ). During the trip the young women visited Leningrad and Moscow, meeting the Fradnik, Zelinger, Volovsky, Prestin, Abramovich and Yakir families, Natalia Khassina, and other Refuseniks.

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Scope and Content Note

The collection contains the papers of the American Soviet Jewry movement activist, Rachel Braun. The materials include the 1979 Soviet Union tour diaries, complimented by photos and related news clippings.

The collection consists of one folder.

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Arrangement

The collection is arranged into a single series.

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Access and Use

Access Restrictions

The collection is open to all researchers by permission of the Director of Library and Archives of the American Jewish Historical Society, except items that are restricted due to their fragility.

Use Restrictions

Information concerning the literary rights may be obtained from the Director of Library and Archives of the American Jewish Historical Society. Users must apply in writing for permission to quote, reproduce or otherwise publish manuscript materials found in this collection. For more information contact:

American Jewish Historical Society, Center for Jewish History, 15 West 16th Street, New York, N.Y., 10011 email: reference@ajhs.org

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Related Material

The Papers of Rachel Braun is one individual collection within the Archive of the American Soviet Jewry Movement (AASJM) located at the American Jewish Historical Society (AJHS). Other Soviet Jewry Movement collections at AJHS include the records of Action for Soviet Jewry (I-487), the National Conference on Soviet Jewry (NCSJ; I-181 and I-181A), the Jewish Defense League (I-374), the Union of Councils for Soviet Jews (I-410, I-410A), Houston Action for Soviet Jewry (I-500), Bay Area Council for Soviet Jews (I-505), Seattle Action for Soviet Jewry (I-507), The Jewish Chronicle Soviet Jewry Collection (I-523), B'nai B'rith Klutznick National Jewish Museum Soviet Jewry Movement Collection (I-529), Chicago Action for Soviet Jewry (I-530), Religious Action Center for Reform Judaism (I-538), United Synagogue of Conservative Judaism (I-543), Jewish Family Service of Greater New Orleans (I-547), the papers of Joel Ackerman (P-787), Julia Mates Cheney (P-806), Jerry Goodman (P-863), Laurel and Alan J. Gould (P-866), Carolyn W. Sanger (P-870), Leah Lieberman (P-869), Si Frumkin (P-871), Elaine Pittell (P-873), Sanford A. Gradinger (P-880), Shaul Osadchey (P-882), Leonard S. Cahan (P-883), Doris H. Goldstein (P-887), David H. Hill (P-888), Margery Sanford (P-889), Pinchas Mordechai Teitz (P-891), David Waksberg (P-895), Pamela B. Cohen (P-897), Moshe Decter (P-899), William Korey (P-903), Morey Schapira (P-906), Charlotte Gerber Turner (P-907), Myrtle Sitowitz (P-908), Kathleen M. Hyman (P-911), Babette Wampold (P-912), Rabbi David Goldstein and Shannie Goldstein (P-918), Leslie Schaffer (P-923), Arthur Bernstein (P-925), Dolores Wilkenfeld (P-927), Sylvia Weinberg (P-928) , Irwin H. Krasna (P-934) , Constance S. Kreshtool (P-935), Betty Golomb (P-938), Grace Perlbinder (P-942), Mort Yadin (P-943), Ann Polunsky (P-886), Lillian Foreman (P-945), Marilyn Labendz(P-946), Abraham Silverstein(P-947), Bert Silver (P-949), Billie Kozolchyk (P-950), John Steinbruck (P-951), Victor Borden (P-959), Estelle Newman (P-960), Carol S. Kekst (P-961) and Linda Rutta (P-965).

Additional materials from other collections include records dealing with the Student Struggle for Soviet Jewry (SSSJ) located within the North American Jewish Students Appeal (NAJSA, I-338) and the records of the National Jewish Community Relations Advisory Council (NJCRAC, I-172). Related records are also located at the AJHS in Newton Centre, MA including memorabilia and ephemera of the New England Student Struggle for Soviet Jewry (I-237) and the Records of the Student Coalition for Soviet Jewry – Brandeis University (I-493).

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Preferred Citation

Published citations should take the following form:
Identification of item, date (if known); Rachel Braun Papers; *P-967; box number; folder number; American Jewish Historical Society, Boston, MA and New York, NY.

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Acquisition Information

Donated by Rachel Braun in 2007.

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Container List

The following section contains a detailed listing of the materials in the collection.

 

Papers of Rachel Braun, 1979

The series is in English.
1 folder.
Arrangement:

Chronological.

Scope and Content:

See the collection Scope and Content Note.

BoxFolderTitleDate
CB6 1 Rachel Braun Papers 1979
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