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Linda Rutta Papers

 Collection — translation missing: en.enumerations.container_type.container: Consolidated Box P28, Folder: P-965
Identifier: P-965

Scope and Content Note

The collection contains papers of the American Soviet Jewry movement activist, Linda Rutta. It includes materials from Student Struggle for Soviet Jewry (SSSJ), such as a Soviet Jewry fact sheet, college campus action outline, and correspondence with the SSSJ regarding Soviet Jewish Prisoners of Conscience. Also included is correspondence with the family of Soviet Jewish Refusenik, Victor Ozar, whom Linda Rutta's family adopted through the Adopt-a-Family program, sponsored by the SSSJ.

The collection consists of one folder.

Dates

  • undated, 1975-1976

Creator

Access Restrictions

The collection is open to all researchers, except items that may be restricted due to their fragility, or privacy.

Use Restrictions

No permission is required to quote, reproduce or otherwise publish manuscript materials found in this collection, as long as the usage is scholarly, educational, and non-commercial. For inquiries about other usage, please contact the Director of Collections and Engagement at mmeyers@ajhs.org.

For reference questions, please email: inquiries@cjh.org

Historical Note

The Papers of Linda Rutta 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.

As an undergraduate student in City College of New York during the 1960s, Linda Rutta became inspired by the Student Struggle for Soviet Jewry (SSSJ) to find ways to publicize and take immediate action concerning the plight of Soviet Jews trapped in the Soviet Union. She corresponded with the Soviet Refuseniks and Prisoners of Conscience, participated in marches, signed petitions, contacted United States politicians and wrote to the United Nations, in order to call attention to the plight of Jews in the USSR.

Circa 1967 Mrs. Rutta took part in the City College demonstration that spanned the length of the college campus, carrying signs and chanting slogans such as "Let My People Go" and "Am Yisroel Chai." Circa 1970 she participated in a bus tour to Washington D.C. to march in front of the White House on behalf of the Soviet Jewry. The purpose of these demonstrations was to publicize the plight of Soviet Jewry and demand trade sanctions against the Soviet Union until it allowed for free emigration for Soviet Jews.

In the mid-1970s the family of Linda Rutta participated in the SSSJ's Adopt-a-Family program by corresponding with the family of the Soviet Jewish Refusenik Victor Ozar.

Extent

1 Folders (1/8 linear foot)

Language of Materials

English

Russian

Abstract

The collection contains papers of the American Soviet Jewry movement activist Linda Rutta. The materials focus on her activism as an undergraduate student at City College of New York, and her relations with the family of the Soviet Jewish Refusenik, Victor Ozar. The collection includes materials from the Student Struggle for Soviet Jewry (SSSJ), such as a Soviet Jewry fact sheet, college campus action outline, and correspondence with SSSJ regarding Soviet Jewish Prisoners of Conscience. Also included is Rutta's correspondence with the Ozar family.

Arrangement

The collection is arranged into a single series.

Physical Location

Collection is located in Consolidated Box P28.

Acquisition Information

Donated by Linda Rutta in 2006 and 2007.

Related Material

The Papers of Linda Rutta 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), 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) and Carol S. Kekst (P-961).

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).

Creator

Title
Guide to the Linda Rutta Papers, undated, 1975-1976 *P-965
Status
Completed
Author
Processed by Andrey Filimonov
Date
© 2013
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
English
Script of description
Latin
Language of description note
Description is in English.

Revision Statements

  • November 2020: RJohnstone: post-ASpace migration cleanup.

Repository Details

Part of the American Jewish Historical Society Repository

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