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(Cancelled) WeHo Reads Celebrates Russian Arts and Culture Month with Farewell Mama Odessa

WeHo Reads Celebrates Russian Arts & Culture Month with Farewell, Mama Odessa: A Modern-Day Exodus & the Soviet Jewry Movement

Award-winning author Dr. Emil Draitser will discuss this fascinating topic,and present his new book Farewell, Mama Odessa (Northwest-ern University Press, 2020). Set in the summer of 1979 at the height of the movement to free Soviet Jewry and dedicated to its activists, Farewell, Mama Odessa is an autobiographical book that explores the reasons for Jewish emigration from the Soviet Union, describes his characters’ anxiety as they make their way to America and the challenges they face in a new land.

Dr. Draitser is an author of twelve volumes of artistic and scholarly prose, including Shush! Growing Up Jewish under Stalin: A Memoir; Stalin’s Romeo Spy; and Forbidden Laughter: Soviet Underground Jokes. He is also a professor emeritus of Russian at Hunter College of the City University of New York. (

Free admission. Light refreshments will be served. RSVP requested at:

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