Award-winning writer and lecturer Barbara Sofer grew up
in a small town in Connecticut, and moved to Israel in 1971. She is a
graduate of the University of Pennsylvania and the Hebrew University in
Jerusalem. Her articles -taking on a wide range of subjects from ethnic
cooking to terrorism--have appeared in The New
York Times, The Boston Globe, Parents, Readers' Digest, Woman's Day,
Hadassah Magazine and Inside Magazine
among many others. She writes a bi-weekly column for the Friday Jerusalem
Barbara has written five books and contributed to
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Sent to Siberia
By Barbara Sofer
Readers who, like me, grew up in the West during the Cold War remember our
fear that the Russians were coming to get us. The 1966 movie, a comedy, The
Russians Are Coming, the Russians Are Coming, about a Soviet submarine
running aground in my native New England, was funny because it resonated
with our genuine worries.
Back in Colchester, Connecticut, we had
scary school bombing drills for which we had to crouch under desks. I still
recall the helpless feeling I had as a young teen, working as a junior
lifeguard at a lakeside day camp, when a plane swooped low over us. I
immediately assumed this civilian plane was the Russians coming, and I
couldn't protect the guppy-level swimmers in the water from attack.
By the end of high school, I was marching for Soviet Jewry at the State
Capital in Hartford. I never connected the Russians we wanted to help leave
with those we feared would come.
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