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Since the late 1960s, almost three quarters of a million Russian Jews have emigrated to the west. Their presence in Israel, Europe and North America and their absence from Russia have left an indelible imprint on these societies. The emigrants themselves as well as those who stayed behind, are in a struggle to establish their own identities and to achieve social and economic security.
In this volume an international assembly of historians, sociologists, demographers and politicians assess the nature and magnitude of the impact created by this emigration and to examine the fate of those Jews who left and those who remained. Their wide-ranging perspectives contribute to creating a variegated and complex picture of the Russian Jewish emigration.