“Free Soviet Jews!” for Solidarity Sunday March, Greater New York Conference on Soviet Jewry, New York, 1983
Artist: Julia Noonan
Angry Americans of all stripes are confronting Leonid Brezhnev, General Secretary of the Communist Party (1964-1982), demanding that Russian Jews be permitted to leave the Soviet Union. A pennant declaring “Free Soviet Jews” and two Israeli flags fly over the crowd assembled at Battery Park in Manhattan – notice the Statue of Liberty in the background. This is a powerful image for the 1980’s cause that united almost all Jews of the United States. (via Art at the Center)
Part of the Museum of Jewish Heritage’s “Let My People Go! The Soviet Jewry Movement, 1967-1989” exhibit, running until August 5th, 2012.