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Boris Penson, 1968-1978

Identifier: B093.01.0004.0031


Materials related to Boris Pénson. Known for poster art, he and his family moved to Riga, Latvia, in 1950 where he graduated from an art school. In 1967 he decided to emigrate to Israel but was refused a visa. After endless requests and refusals, he joined the Dymshits group which planned the hijacking of an aircraft to escape from the Soviet Union. In June 1970, together with other members of the group, he was arrested by the KGB at the Smolny airport. In December 1970, at the 1st Leningrad trial, he was sentenced to 10 years of high-security imprisonment. He served his sentence in the political camps of Mordovia but, as a result of international pressure and a special agreement with America, he was released in 1979, and allowed to emigrate to Israel in the same year.


  • 1968-1978


From the File: 1 Linear Feet (record box)

Scope and Contents

From the Collection: Most of the records consist of letters, educational materials, bulletins and published newspaper accounts of activities by world-wide, national and local groups on behalf of Soviet Jews. Rhoda Friedman collected most of this material. The Records also have scrapbooks about Lillian Hoffman.


Repository Details

Part of the Special Collections and Archives Repository

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