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  Marillyn Tallman
  Settling Jews from DP camps post WW-II; protecting Jewish
  Chicago WWD Event 2005
  Born in 1922
  Worked for Hillel Foreign Student Service during the War;
 
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Marillyn Tallman was born and raised in Decatur Illinois. Marillyn fell in love with Jewish history when Rabbi Albert Goldman asked if she would like to study with him. Marillyn says "It was like I found a new home. I found my people."

Marillyn has always been compelled by the historical moment. In 1945 she directed the Hillel Foreign Student Service, a rescue project for young Holocaust survivors in displaced persons camps. Marillyn helped 125 survivors begin new lives in the U.S. In 1968 she traveled to the Soviet Union. Upon her return, she connected with Chicago Action for Soviet Jewry and joined Pam Cohen as its leader. With Pam, she developed a nine-hour briefing session for tourists who met with Soviet Jews, smuggled in Jewish books, tapes, articles and important papers and brought out information used to help monitor Jewish human rights. Marillyn continues to lead Chicago Action. She says, "Our work today is sustenance and protection of Jewish communities in the Former Soviet Union."

Marillyn is widely known across the U.S. and Canada as a teacher and lecturer of Jewish history. With Dawn Schuman, Marillyn crafted a seven-year course of Jewish studies for adults that she taught for many years. Through U.J.A.'s National Speakers Bureau, Marillyn shares the stories of "our remarkable people who have struggled to do mitzvot and have clung to their own Jewish history from the time of Abraham."

Marillyn has been a leader and an activist in the Jewish community for sixty years. She is living witness to her own conviction: "Do not stand by. Be a part of your dynamic Jewish history. It will enrich your life. It will help your fellow Jews."

 
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ON JEWISH VALUES
I think, Pidyon Sh'vuyim, "rescuing the captives." ...More 
ON FAMILY UPBRINGING
I was born in Decatur Illinois, Macon County, very close to Springfield. ...More 
ON ROLE MODELS
I tell you, to me role models are the younger women. ...More 
ON WORK AND FAMILY
Your family sees you as mom. ...More 
ON WOMEN'S MOVEMENT
That's been a whole area of life that I just took for granted. ...More 
ON PATH TO ACTIVISM
I graduated from the University of Illinois and Dr. Sacher asked me to stay on as a public relations [person] with Hillel. ...More 
ON IMPACT ON WORLD
I don't think it's been on the world. ...More 
ON ADVICE FOR ACTIVISTS
Do not stand by. ...More 
 
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How to Cite This Page
For a bibliography: Jewish Women's Archive. "JWA - Women Who Dared - Biography Marillyn Tallman." <http://jwa.org/exhibits/wwd/jsp/bio.jsp?personID=pmtallman>.

For a footnote: Jewish Women's Archive, "JWA - Women Who Dared - Biography Marillyn Tallman," <http://jwa.org/exhibits/wwd/jsp/bio.jsp?personID=pmtallman>.