Guide to the Papers of Carol and Michael Bierman,
1971-1990

P-1007

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Electronic finding aid was encoded in EAD 2002 by Andrey Filimonov in December 2015. Description is in English.
March 2017 Links to digitized audio added by Nicole Greenhouse.

Descriptive Summary

Creator: Bierman, Carol and Michael
Title: Carol and Michael Bierman Papers
Dates:1971-1990
Abstract: Personal papers of the American Soviet Jewry movement activists Carol and Michael Bierman include background materials on Jews in the USSR, documents, and artifacts from demonstrations, rallies and cultural events of the movement, newsletters, pamphlets, and brochures. Photographs and audio and video materials pertaining to Refuseniks, Prisoners of Conscience and Jewish emigration from Soviet Union are also included.
Languages: The collection is in English.
Quantity: 2 manuscript boxes, 1 half manuscript box, 1 1/4 linear feet
Identification: P-1007
Repository: American Jewish Historical Society
Location: Located in AJHS New York, NY
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Historical Note
 Soviet Jewry movement buttons in Carol and Michael Bierman Papers

Soviet Jewry movement buttons in Carol and Michael Bierman Papers

The Papers of Carol and Michael Bierman 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 Americans 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.

Michael A. Bierman, a community developer and Jewish Studies educator, was active in the Soviet Jewry movement from the 1970s through the 1990s. As a leader of Jewish community organizations, such as the United Jewish Appeal-Federation of Rockland County, Jewish Federation of South Bend, Indiana, and the Community Relations department of the United Jewish Federation, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, and as a volunteer, Michael Bierman and his wife Carol helped resettle Jewish immigrants arriving from the Soviet Union. He helped organize rallies, demonstrations, and cultural events on behalf of the Jews in the Soviet Union and participated in the World Conference of Jewish Communities on Soviet Jewry in Brussels, Belgium.

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Scope and Content Note

The collection features background information on Jews in the Soviet Union, and American Soviet Jewry movement efforts in the form of news clippings and reprinted articles from local and national press, transcripts of speeches, pamphlets, brochures, circular letters and flyers. Of particular interest is a 1971-1973 run of Undercover, a periodic newsletter published by the Jewish Community Council of Greater Washington, D.C. that provided updates on the conditions of Jews in the USSR. Documents and ephemera (buttons) from demonstrations, rallies and cultural events on behalf of Soviet Jewry are also included. The collection includes transcripts of speeches and reports from the World Conference of Jewish Communities on Soviet Jewry in Brussels, of which Bierman was an active participant. The collection also includes proceedings of the Commission of Inquiry on the Rights of Soviet Jews, convened in New York City in 1971. Photographs found in the collection are of Soviet Jewry events in the United States, World Conference of Jewish Communities on Soviet Jewry in Brussels, and of several Soviet Jewish Prisoners of Conscience. Audio and video materials pertaining to Refuseniks, Prisoners of Conscience and on Jewish emigration from the Soviet Union are also included.

The collection consists of two manuscript boxes and one half manuscript box.

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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 Collections and Engagement of the American Jewish Historical Society, except items that are restricted due to their fragility.

This collection contains audiovisual or electronic media that requires special equipment to access. Please notify reference staff at inquiries@cjh.org 24 hours in advance of needing access.

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 Carol and Michael Bierman 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 (I-181 and I-181A), the Union of Councils for Soviet Jews (I-410, I-410A), the Bay Area Council for Soviet Jews and Bay Area Council for Jewish Rescue and Renewal (I-505 and I-505A), Houston Action for Soviet Jewry (I-500), 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), Jewish Defense League (I-374) 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 Gerper 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), Lawrence I. Lerner (P-952), Ruth Geller Gold (P-953), Efry Spectre (P-954), Alan M. Kohn (P-956), Frank Brodsky (P-957), Victor Borden (P-959), Estelle Newman (P-960), Carol S. Kekst (P-961), Linda Rutta (P-965), Rachel Braun (P-967), Jack Forgash (P-968), Michael Greene (P-969), Judith A. Manelis (P-970), Fred Greene (P-971), Harry Lerner (P-972), Alan L. Cohen (P-973), Murray Levine (P-974), Jack Minker (P-975), Meta Joy Jacoby (P-992), Barry Marks (P-993) and Harold and Judith S. Einhorn (P-996).

American Soviet Jewry Movement Oral Histories Collection (I-548) contains audio and video interviews with activists of the American Soviet Jewry Movement, former Refuseniks and Prisoners of Conscience.

American Soviet Jewry Movement Photographs (I-495) contains digitized photographs from The Archives of the American Soviet Jewry Movement.

American Soviet Jewry Movement Posters and Ephemera Collection (I-566) contains digitized posters and ephemera from The Archives of the American Soviet Jewry Movement.

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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Separated Material

The following books were donated with the collection. They are available at the library of the Center for Jewish History.

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Digitization Note

The audiocassettes in this collection were digitized and made fully accessible online in 2017.

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Preferred Citation

Published citations should take the following form:
Identification of item, date (if known); Carol and Michael Bierman Papers; P-1007 ; box number; folder number; American Jewish Historical Society, New York, NY.

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Acquisition Information

Donated by Michael Bierman in 2015.

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Access Points

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Container List

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

Click the box in the request column to open the form that allows you to request a box for onsite viewing in the reading room at the Center for Jewish History, New York, NY.

 

Carol and Michael Bierman Papers, 1971-1990

The series is in English.
One folder.
Scope and Content:

See the collection Scope and Content Note.

BoxFolderTitleDateRequest
1 1 Certificates of Appreciation for Resettlement of Soviet Jews Awarded to Carol and Michael Bierman; CV of Michael Bierman undated, 1990 request_box
1 2 Commission of Inquiry on the Rights of Soviet Jews, June 22, 1971, New York, NY, Coordinated by Moshe Decter (1 of 2) 1971 request_box
1 3 Commission of Inquiry on the Rights of Soviet Jews, June 22, 1971, New York, NY, Coordinated by Moshe Decter (2 of 2) 1971 request_box
  

[See also: Papers of Moshe Decter (1921-2007), P-899]

 
1 4 Pamphlets and Brochures on Soviet Jewry 1960s-1970s request_box
BoxFolderTitleDateRequest
3 1 Publications on Soviet Jewry: undated, 1975, 1977 request_box
  
  • Decter, M. (1973). Terror in Minsk KGB case number 97: The Jewish officers "plot". New York: National Conference on Soviet Jewry.
  • Gilbert, M. (1976). The Jews of Russia: Their history in maps and photographs. London: National Council for Soviet Jewry of the United Kingdom and Ireland.
  • Hadary, A. (Ed.). (1978). Next Year in Jerusalem. (Vol. 30-31). Jerusalem: [World Zionist Organization].
  • Hadary, A. (Ed.). (1983-1984). Herzliya, Caesarea, Jerusalem II, Jerusalem I, Basle (Vol. 50). Jerusalem: [World Zionist Organization].
  • Khaskelevich, B. (1990). Hagadah: Povestvovanie ob Iskhode (4-e izd., dop. ed.). New York, N.Y.: Chamah.
  • Lindsay, J., and Sann, P. (1973). The Soviets and the Jews: Beyond the Kremlin wall. New York: Greater New York Conference on Soviet Jewry.
  • Podwal, M. (1972). Let my people go: A Haggadah (1972 ed.). New York, N.Y.: Darien House.
 
BoxFolderTitleDateRequest
1 5 "Soviet Jewry Materials" Binder (1 of 3) 1960s-1970s request_box
1 6 "Soviet Jewry Materials" Binder (2 of 3) 1960s-1970s request_box
BoxFolderTitleDateRequest
2 1 "Soviet Jewry Materials" Binder (3 of 3) 1960s-1970s request_box
2 2 Undercover Newsletter [Jewish Community Center of Greater Washington] 1971-1973 request_box
2 3 World Conference of Jewish Communities on Soviet Jewry in Brussels 1971, 1976 request_box
2 4 1. Silva Zalmanson/Rabbi Rosen undated
  Listen to audio 
2 4 2. Alexander Slepak, UJA1977
  Listen to audio 
2 4 3. "From Helsinki to Belgrade: Soviet Jewry Solidarity"/Workshop Summary, Sister Ann Gillen undated
  Listen to audio 
2 4 4. Victor and Elena Polsky1975
  Listen to audio 
2 5 Buttons of the Soviet Jewry Movement 1970s-1980s request_box
2 6 Photographs—Soviet Jewry Events in Washington, D.C.; World Conference of Jewish Communities on Soviet Jewry in Brussels; Sylva Zalmanson in Washington, D.C., Five Jews Facing Trial in Kishinev et. al. circa 1970s request_box
2 7 VHS—"Operation Exodus: UJC of Rockland County, Anna and Lena" undated request_box
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