Cheerful Memories/Troubled Years: A Story of a Refusenik's Family in Leningrad and Its Struggle for Immigration to Israel

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Academic Studies Press, 2019 - Biography & Autobiography - 162 pages

This book captures the story of the Taratuta family and their struggle to flee the hardships of the USSR and repatriate to Israel in the late twentieth century. The narrative follows the lives of three family members, Aba, his wife Ida, and their son Misha, as they endure countless struggles throughout their journey to freedom. Tense moments ensue as the refuseniks print copies of forbidden Zionist literature and textbooks, publicly support those detained in prison and the Gulag, organize scientific and legal seminars in their apartment, receive Western visitors, and secretly partake in weekly Hebrew lessons. Well-recognized in the West as central players in the Soviet Jewish movement in Leningrad throughout the 1970s and 1980s, the Taratutas underwent constant surveillance by the KGB until they were finally able to repatriate to Israel. In spite of their hardships, the family attempted to live a life of normalcy and to cherish moments of happiness and togetherness.

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Aba and Ida Taratuta were among the leaders of the struggle for freedom in Leningrad in the former USSR during the 1970s and 1980s. They were well known in the West and had constant contact with foreign movements for Soviet Jewry.

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