Metal, paper, plastic
diameter: 1 3/4 in. ( 4.4 cm )
Circular political pin-back button; black background with yellow lettering; image of a caged yellow Star of David inside a red five-point star; "FREE / SOVIET JEWS"
Gift of Toni Ellen Heisler
crimp: yellow lettering "STUDENT STRUGGLE FOR SOVIET JEWRY - 200 W. 72nd St. N.Y., N.Y."
In 1964, the Student Struggle for Soviet Jewry (SSSJ) was founded in New York by Jacob Birnbaum, who has headed it ever since along with Glenn Richter. Since its inception, SSSJ has been assertive in demanding the Jews' right to live as Jews within Russia, and to leave the country if they so wish. Other Soviet Jewry support groups were quickly founded around the country: Many of them eventually joined together to create the Union of Councils for Soviet Jewry.
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