Marilyn Labendz Papers
Scope and Content Note
The collection contains transcripts of Marilyn Labendz' speeches, a copy of a manual for adopting Refusenik families authored by Labendz, a copy of "Campaign for Soviet Jewry" brochure co-authored by Labends, her correspondence with political leaders and prominent Soviet Jewish Refuseniks and Prisoners of Conscience, photographs and clippings reflecting community events and travel to the USSR. The collection also contains transcript of Natan Sharansky's closing words at his trial in 1978, autographed by Mr. Sharansky. A CD-ROM with 95 scanned photos from Labendz' trip to USSR in mid 1980s is also included.
The collection consists of one folder.
- undated, 1985-1989
- Labendz, Marilyn (Person)
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The Papers of Marilyn Labendz 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.
Marilyn Labendz was active in the MetroWest Conference on Soviet Jewry during the 1980s. In mid 1980s she traveled to the Soviet Union and to meet and help Refuseniks in Moscow, Leningrad and Vilnius. Labendz chaired the Women's Interfaith Plea for Soviet Jewry. She also served as chairwoman for the Summit II March on Washington for the MetroWest area. She authored a manual for adopting Refuseniks that was distributed to synagogues and was an active speaker on the issues of Soviet Jewry.
Language of Materials
Personal papers of the American Soviet Jewry movement activist Marilyn Labendz, who participated in the MetroWest Conference on Soviet Jewry, chaired the MetroWest mobilization to Summit II, and Women's Interfaith Plea for Soviet Jewry. The collection contains speeches, memos, correspondence, pamphlets, news clippings and digital photographs.
The collection is arranged into a single series.
Collection is located in Consolidated Box P27.
Donated by Marilyn Labendz in 2012 and 2016.
- Guide to the Marilyn Labendz Papers, undated, 1985-1989 *P-946
- Processed by Andrey Filimonov
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