As expected, Gal was a great resource on the Soviet Jewry movement, its origins and its impact on Jewish life in the USSR and the U.S.
Later in the day, I was fortunate to get an interview with Professor David Shneer. David is the first professor of Russian Jewish history I’ve interviewed, and as such, was able to answer many questions while raising a few more for me to consider.
A celebrated author and scholar, Professor Shneer has published numerous books on Jewish life and experience, as well as teaching or serving as scholar-in-residence at such prestigious universities as Illinois, Wisconsin, and Colorado, Boulder, as well as the Universities of California Berkeley and Davis. He has written for The New York Times, Huffington Post and many other papers and magazines on Jewish identity and culture and serves as a consultant to numerous Jewish organizations. You can read his biography here.
After our interview, David presented to the Everything is Illuminated program on the subject of Soviet WWII photography, which is the subject of his latest book: Through Soviet Jewish Eyes: Photography, War, and the Holocaust.