Women of the Refuseniks

Some stories are too big to tell in a single video. That’s why we’re taking another look at the important story of Russian aliya (immigration) and the refuseniks.

This time, we’re examining the role of the women who stood up in defense of Soviet Jews and those women denied the right to leave the USSR.

The story began in 1971 when the plight of one Jewish woman in Russia galvanized Jewish women the world over to stand up and protest – with incredible results.

Meanwhile, within the USSR, women were taking terrible risks – and paid a terrible price for their actions.

You can find this video and all Unpacked videos on YouTube.