The DU Community and the general public are invited to attend a film and talk, “Lillian Butler Hoffman: Denver’s Pioneer of the Soviet Jewry” on October 21, 10 am – 12 pm in the Special Events Room (AAC 290). The event is created by Sheila Hoffman Bialek about her mother Lillian. RSVP’s are required (303) 871-3016. An informative exhibit about the Colorado Committee of Concern for Soviet Jewry (CCCSJ), created with objects from the Beck Archives of the University Libraries, will also be on display in the Anderson Academic Commons from October 15 – November 15, 2013.
Background on Soviet Jewry
Between 1967 and 1991, over two million Jews left for freedom to Israel, the United States, and other western countries. Lillian Hoffman was one of the pioneers of the grass-roots effort that crossed all party lines in America to free Jews to practice their religion without federal persecution. She was the longtime chair of the Colorado Committee of Concern for Soviet Jewry (CCCSJ). The campaign for freedom from tyranny, which culminated in the Jackson Vanik Act, became a model for effective activism. The event will highlight daughter Sheila Hoffman Bialek’s film, speech and books which present Lillian’s vital work as well as other primary sources from the Beck Archives.
We hope you can attend the lecture and film (RSVP at 303-871-3016) and enjoy the display.