Shortlist year: 
2016
Shortlist category: 
Australian history
Published by: 
Hybrid Publishers

About the book

Let my people go—book—Australian history—PMLA 2016
Winner

During the Cold War, the Communist leadership of the Soviet Union closed down many Jewish organisations and declared Zionism an ideological enemy. Soviet Jews often suffered hardships, not being allowed to enlist in universities, work in certain professions or participate in government. Because of this, for three critical decades, Australian Jews and their community leaders were deeply involved in the international campaign to enable Jews to leave the oppressive Soviet Union.

Lipski and Rutland make this largely unknown history come alive with a combination of passion, personal experience, and ground-breaking research.