"... documents are samples of one of the twentieth century’s most unusual literary genres: Soviet religious propaganda. Dating to the Second World War or the years immediately afterward, these documents showcase the language by which Soviet Muslim, Jewish, and Buddhist leaders attempted to rally their communities to the war effort, to communicate with coreligionists abroad, and to curry favor with Stalin."
"The Soviet Jewry movement was formed in order to oppose the persecution of Soviet Jews and promote their right to emigrate freely from the Soviet Union. Beginning in the 1960s, largely as local grassroots efforts organized by individuals who drew their inspiration from the American civil rights movement, it grew to a worldwide effort that also included numerous established Jewish as well as some non-Jewish organizations and had the support of large numbers of government officials. It lasted well into the 1990s when the Soviet Union allowed Jews to emigrate and eventually dissolved into independent republics."