The Resilient Story of Russian Jews

Born to a Jewish mother and a Japanese American father, author and historian Steven Ujifusa has always taken a great interest in his family’s rich history. After digging into the life of his maternal grandmother, who was the daughter of Jewish immigrants from Russia, he discovered a largely covered-over period in history he felt compelled to share with the world.

Steven shares his new book, ‘The Last Ships From Hamburg,’ which tells the harrowing tale of over two million Jews forced to flee their homes in Eastern Europe to escape violence and discrimination from 1890 to 1921. He discusses how his family’s history inspired him to write this book and why shedding light on this story of resilience is so important in today’s world.

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