Leslie Schaffer Papers
Scope and Content Note
Leslie Schaffer’s collection contains materials related to her trip to the Soviet Union in March of 1982, where she visited Refuseniks in Leningrad, Moscow and Kiev. The collection features Leslie Schaffer’s report on her trip submitted to the Bay Area Council for Soviet Jews, photos, copies of travel documents and receipts, and information on the Refuseniks that she had obtained during her travels. Of particular interest are the Juicy Fruit™ gum wrappers with hidden writings that were used to smuggle sensitive information like names and addresses of the Refuseniks out of the U.S.S.R.
The collection also includes correspondence related to the trip with the Refuseniks, family members, and other Soviet Jewry movement activists. Also included are background materials on the U.S.S.R., profiles of Soviet Jewish Refuseniks, and trip reports from other activists.
- undated, 1979-1980, 1982, 1984-1987, 1989
- Schaffer, Leslie (Person)
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The Papers of Leslie Schaffer 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.
Papers of Leslie Schaffer of Reno, Nevada document her trip to the Soviet Union to visit Soviet Jewish Refuseniks in Leningrad, Moscow and Kiev in March of 1982.
0.25 Linear Feet (1 half manuscript box)
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Papers of the Soviet Jewry movement activist Leslie Schaffer of Reno, Nevada document her trip to the Soviet Union to visit Soviet Jewish Refuseniks in Leningrad, Moscow and Kiev in March of 1982. The collection includes trip reports notes and photographs, correspondence, biographies of the Refuseniks, travel documents and receipts and background materials on the U.S.S.R.
The collection is arranged into a single series.
Located in AJHS New York, NY
Donated by the Leslie Schaffer in 2007.
- Guide to the Leslie Schaffer (1953- ) Papers, undated, 1979-1980, 1982, 1984-1987, 1989 *P-923
- Processed by Andrey Filimonov
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- Digitization of the Papers of Leslie Schaffer (P-923) was made possible through a generous grant from the National Historical Publications and Records Commission (NHPRC).
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