November 6, 2020 | Foreign Podicy

Sharansky’s Lives

November 6, 2020 Foreign Podicy

Sharansky’s Lives


Natan Sharansky grew up in the Soviet Union where he became an elite mathematician and chess whiz. But he also became a dissident, a human rights activist, and a supporter of Israel’s right to exist – in other words: a Zionist. In 1978, Soviet authorities arrested him, ran him through a kangaroo court, and then sent him to the Gulag. When he was released by Mikhail Gorbachev nine years later, he emigrated to Israel, where he became a politician, and then a communal leader. In tandem with the eminent American historian, Gil Troy, he tells his story in a new book: Never Alone: Prison, Politics, and My People. Both join Foreign Podicy host Cliff May to discuss their book.

President George W. Bush presents the Presidential Medal of Freedom to Natan Sharansky during a ceremony in December of 2006 in the East Room of the White House in Washington, DC. (Getty Images)


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