Freedom for Soviet Jews Anniversary

AJC national radio message
December 4, 2012 – New York – The AJC weekly radio messages are broadcast on the CBS radio network, before The Osgood File. All AJC radio commentaries since 2001 are available at


The full text of this week’s commentary follows:

Twenty-five years ago, on December 6, 1987, 250,000 people gathered in Washington.

They were joined by Vice President Bush, Members of Congress, celebrities and activists.

The rally coincided with Soviet President Gorbachev's visit to Washington.

The crowd's message? Stop oppressing Soviet Jews. Let them go.

It worked. President Reagan, citing the huge crowd, told his Soviet counterpart to heed the message.

Soon, the Soviet gates opened. Millions of people left for new lives in Israel, America and elsewhere.

AJC's Washington director coordinated the event, the largest Jewish-organized rally in American history.

Today, well over 500,000 Soviet Jews live in America. They've contributed to our country in countless ways.

AJC salutes the courage of Soviet Jews who refused to be cowed by the Kremlin.

And we're proud to have helped support their successful struggle and new start.


This is David Harris of AJC.Date: 12/4/2012
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