Emil Draitser

edraitse@hunter.cuny.edu
Articles by Emil Draitser

Winter Reading Series: Emil Draitser’s “Farewell, Mama Odessa,” Part IV

So, Boris, when you are finally here, you must meet Si and Zev. We should do whatever we can to express our gratitude for all they have done—and are still doing!—on our behalf.

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Winter Reading Series: Emil Draitser’s “Farewell, Mama Odessa,” Part III

The more I learn about Si, the more he keeps amazing me…

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Winter Reading Series: Emil Draitser’s “Farewell, Mama Odessa,” Part II

When the Bolshoi Ballet came to town, Si and Zev printed their own playbills and, at the theater entrance, handed them to the theatergoers. Below the ballet cast of “Sleeping Beauty,” they put a note. It called the public not to ignore the fact that the country capable of producing such an enchanting spectacle was also capable of treating its Jews as second-rate citizens. The police duly arrested the pair.

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Winter Reading Series: Emil Draitser’s “Farewell, Mama Odessa,” Part I

I couldn’t believe total strangers on the other side of the globe not only thought of us but also fought for our freedom.

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