How many Israelis immigrated to The Soviet union?

Futurist

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May 2014
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Theres western immigration and on top of that the 900,000 Ukrainian Jews who died in the holocaust adding onto the top of that. That's probably a big chunk of the 98% decrease.
About two-thirds of Ukrainian Jews perished in the Holocaust. The 900,000 Ukrainian Jews figure doesn't include western Ukrainian Jews who also perished in the Holocaust. With them, the figure would probably be around 1.5-1.6 million. Of course, some Ukrainian Jews--such as my paternal grandfather, his parents, and his younger brother--moved from Ukraine to Russia in 1941 in order to escape the Nazis and never actually returned to live in Ukraine after the war; rather, they permanently remained in Russia. Ukraine had around 840,000 Jews in 1959 whereas there are now only around 50,000 of them. So, even between 1959 and 2019, the Ukrainian Jewish population fell by more than 90% as a result of low birth rates, intermarriage, assimilation, and mass emigration.
 

Futurist

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May 2014
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You are of course right about the fact that many Soviet jews did not want to emigrate to Israel, what ever reasons, but on the other hand, emigration from that "bastion of tolerance and love" was suprisingly hard at times. Also many blacks in US were trusted with
rifles , tanks and such , does that mean the civil rights movement was all about nothing?
AFAIK, most Soviet Jews did, in fact, want to emigrate. A lot of them simply preferred to emigrate somewhere other than Israel--especially the US, but also Germany and perhaps Canada and/or Australia to some extent.
 
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A lot of the Jewish population had moved from Central Europe to Poland were they hoped for better treatment. Russian rulers (Catherine the Great) welcomed immigrants, but wanted no Jews. Poland once ruled a large chunk of Belarus and the Ukraine when they merged with Lithuania. During the Soviet regime, Jews moved around a bit in the USSR but I don't see the Soviets letting a lot of Jews travel from where they were living.

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Futurist

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A lot of the Jewish population had moved from Central Europe to Poland were they hoped for better treatment. Russian rulers (Catherine the Great) welcomed immigrants, but wanted no Jews. Poland once ruled a large chunk of Belarus and the Ukraine when they merged with Lithuania. During the Soviet regime, Jews moved around a bit in the USSR but I don't see the Soviets letting a lot of Jews travel from where they were living.

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A huge number of Soviet Jews actually were allowed to move to the interior of the USSR (east of the former Pale of Settlement) between 1917 and 1941. That's why Moscow and St. Petersburg both acquired huge Jewish populations by 1939. Also, in 1941-1942, the Soviet Union aimed to encourage evacuations in order to ensure that a large number of its people would not have fallen under Nazi rule.
 
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Isleifson

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A huge number of Soviet Jews actually were allowed to move to the interior of the USSR (east of the former Pale of Settlement) between 1917 and 1941. That's why Moscow and St. Petersburg both acquired huge Jewish populations by 1939. Also, in 1941-1942, the Soviet Union aimed to encourage evacuations in order to ensure that a large number of its people would not have fallen under Nazi rule.
Correct. A good example is Novosibirks, the most Soviet city.

 
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royal744

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Jul 2013
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Well I know many good Jews live in Israel today. But when you say the toughest Zionist you know, did that guy have Jewish parents? Correct me if Im wrong, but one needs to be Jewish in order to get to Israel and that type of intolerance is why some Soviet Jews stayed true to the USSR they were proud of being able to fight the Nazis in WW2 for example. But also its true the Soviet Union was a bastion of diversity , love and tolerance and that was from its people not the Soviet Gov, same with the USA id say. Its the people that make the country. In additon to what you said, I know a ex Soviet Muslim that had a Jewish commander while serving the Soviet Border patrol. Its clear the USSR was welcoming of Jewish folks, after all masses of Soviet Jews were entrusted with Rifles, Tanks, RPGS and so much more such as positions of great power. And Im no communist but in fairness to truth its clear that many Soviet Jews preferred the USSR to Israel and thats fair.
It may seem “fair” to you, but it is almost certain that it’s untrue.
 

JoanOfArc007

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It may seem “fair” to you, but it is almost certain that it’s untrue.
On this issue though hundreds of thousands of Soviet Jews remained in The USSR until it fell, then of course many went to Israel because they lost there services in the USSR as did many other Soviets when the USSR fell apart. The fall of the USSR allowed more liberal advancements in Russia, but there was an economic cost.