Guide to the Papers of Si Frumkin (1930-2009), undated, 1985, 1988-1989

*P-871

Processed by Andrey Filimonov

American Jewish Historical Society

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Electronic finding aid was encoded in EAD 2002 by Andrey Filimonov in October 2009. Description is in English.

Descriptive Summary

Creator: Si Frumkin
Title: Si Frumkin (1930-2009), papers
Dates:undated, 1985, 1988-1989 (bulk 1988-1989)
Abstract: The Si Frumkin Papers include Mr. Frumkin’s articles on the subject of the Holocaust, Israel, the Soviet Union and Soviet Jews from the mid- and the late 1980’s, and a video interview with him and video recordings of several television programs related to the topic of the Soviet Jewry. The documents include articles, news clippings and video recordings.
Languages: The collection is in English and Russian.
Quantity: 0.5 linear foot (1 manuscript box)
Identification: P-871
Repository: American Jewish Historical Society
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Historical Note

The Papers of Si Frumkin 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 Movements 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.

A Holocaust survivor, Si Frumkin was one of the leading figures in the American Soviet Jewry Movement. He was the founder of the Southern California Council for Soviet Jews, the founder of the Association of Soviet Jewish Emigres and served on the Board of Directors of the Union of Councils for Soviet Jews. During more than two decades of innovative activism, Mr. Frumkin organized pickets and demonstrations at cultural and athletic events, including rallies of tens of thousands of participants, direct phone calls to Soviet Jews, mailings of post cards to the USSR and the massive distribution of Prisoner of Conscience medallions. Mr. Frumkin visited the Soviet Union to provide direct aid to the Refuseniks and returned with unique and valuable information on the situation of Soviet Jewry that was widely publicized by the American mass media. Fluent in Russian, he kept in close contact with Jewish activists in the USSR. Mr. Frumkin lectured extensively, wrote numerous magazine and newspaper articles, and appeared in a number of television and radio programs, speaking on the subject of Soviet Jews.

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Scope and Content Note

The Si Frumkin Papers include Mr. Frumkin’s articles on the subject of the Holocaust, Israel, the Soviet Union and Soviet Jews from the mid- and the late 1980’s, and a video interview with him and video recordings of several television programs related to the topic of the Soviet Jewry. The documents include articles, news clippings and video recordings.

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Arrangement

The collection is organized into one series arranged alphabetically.

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Access and Use

Access Restrictions

The collection is open to all researchers by permission of the Director of Library and Archives of the American Jewish Historical Society, except items that are restricted due to their fragility.

Use Restrictions

Information concerning the literary rights may be obtained from the Director of Library and Archives of the American Jewish Historical Society. Users must apply in writing for permission to quote, reproduce or otherwise publish manuscript materials found in this collection. For more information contact:

American Jewish Historical Society, Center for Jewish History, 15 West 16th Street, New York, N.Y., 10011 email: reference@ajhs.org reference@ajhs.org

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Related Material

The Papers of Si Frumkin 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 Union of Councils for Soviet Jews (I-410), Medical Mobilization for Soviet Jewry, the papers of Joel Ackerman (P-787), Julia Mates Cheney (P-806), Jerry Goodman (P-863), Laurel and Alan J. Gould (P-866), and Carolyn W. Sanger (P-870).

Individual accounts of activities within the Soviet Jewry Movement are preserved in the UJA Oral History Collection (I-433), which includes accounts from members of the following organizations: the Union of Councils for Soviet Jews, Bay Area Council on Soviet Jews (BACSJ), Seattle Action for Soviet Jews, Houston Action for Soviet Jews, Chicago Action for Soviet Jews, Colorado Committee of Concern for Soviet Jews and the National Conference on Soviet Jewry. Interviewees include accounts by Lillian Forman (BACSJ), Ann Polunsky, Morey Schapira, Myrtle Sitowitz, Deborah Turkin, David Waksberg, Sylvia Weinberg and Dolores Wilkenfeld. In addition, posters related to the Soviet Jewry Movement can be found in the Jewish Student Organizations Collection (I-61).

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).

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Preferred Citation

Published citations should take the following form:
Identification of item, date (if known); Si Frumkin (1930-2009), papers ; P-871; box number; folder number; American Jewish Historical Society, Boston, MA and New York, NY.

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Acquisition Information

Donated by Si Frumkin in 2007.

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Access Points

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Container List

The following section contains a detailed listing of the materials in the collection.

 

Papers of Si Frumkin, undated, 1985, 1988-1989

English with some Russian.
4 folders.
Arrangement:

Alphabetical.

Scope and Content:

Organized into one series.

BoxFolderTitleDate
11Articles and Clippings undated, 1988
  (contains Russian)   
12DVD, Interview with Si Frumkin: "Growing up in Kovno Ghetto"undated
13Videocassettes: Television Programs Regarding Soviet Jewryundated, 1985
14Videocassettes: Television Programs Regarding Soviet Jewryundated, 1989
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