- Students will learn the stories of individual Refuseniks. Through learning these stories, students will gain an understanding of what it was like to be Jewish in the Soviet Union.
- Students will learn about the activities of those who fought for Soviet Jewry in the West.
- Students will be inspired to protest and support human rights issues in original and peaceful ways.
Written by: Anat Zalmanson-Kuznetsov
Go over the background information in class.
- What did social activists, and the global Jewish community, do to help free Soviet Jews?
- In what way did their efforts impact the Jews in the Soviet Union?
- What specific methods did social activists use to tell the story of the Refuseniks and bring attention to their cause?
Learn the story of a Refusenik
Divide the class into small groups. Each group should chose (or be assigned) a Refusenik (see link to folder in materials). Students will read their refusenik’s biography and look at his/her photos.
Present your story
Each group should imagine that they are activists working to free their refusenik. To do so, they need to tell his/her story to the world. Students should be begin by writing an outline of how they would like to tell this story. Then think of creative ways to present it using their talents.
Suggestion: in each group have one student draw, one write the speech/presentation, two-three to create an archive collage. Presentation can include dances, songs, etc.
Students should prepare their presentations and present to their class, school, community.