Video: Natan Sharansky – The Heroism and Courage of Aliyah
In this video, Ari Abramowitz and Jeremy Gimpel, hosts of Tuesday Night Live in Jerusalem, meet Natan (Anatoly) Sharansky, the chairman of the Jewish Agency. He was one of the founders and spokesmen for the "Refusenik" movement in Moscow in the 1970s after being denied an exit visa to Israel in 1973. Israel TV aired a two part documentary on the "Refusemiks" during the Intermediate Days of Passover in which he was featured.
Sharansky was sent to the Siberian Gulag for nine years on false spy charges, after being arrested the morning after his wedding, and was finally released in 1986 in a prisoner swap. His wife, Avital, fought untiringly for his freedom, travelling all over the world on his behalf. Since immigrating to Israel upon his release, Sharansky has held various high governmental positions, headed a Knesset party and was Cabinet minister.
He is the symbol of strength, resistance, and the Jewish dream for many people around the world.
Sharansky, along with former Israeli Chief Rabbi Yisrael Meir Lau, will lead the March for the Living in Poland on Holocaust Remembrance Day next week.