Marking thirty years since he won in his struggle for freedom and was released from jail to make Aliyah, former Prisoner of Zion Natan Sharansky, now Chairman of the Executive of the Jewish Agency, held a special event on Tuesday recalling his fight against the Soviet regime.
Arutz Sheva was on hand at the event at the David Intercontinental Hotel in Tel Aviv, where Sharansky and his wife Avital spoke about their moving story.
"The Soviet Union government viewed me as a traitor, it viewed those who wanted to immigrate to Israel as a danger to the Communist government," Sharansky told those in attendance.
Speaking to Arutz Sheva afterwards Sharansky, who was separated from his wife for 12 years in a Soviet jail, said he celebrated the fact that Jews were able to leave the Soviet Union and that it doesn't exist any longer.
"A small group of Jews in the Soviet Union, absolutely assimilated, went back to their identity," he said, noting on the important message of the struggle of Soviet Jewry.
As Jews rediscovered their identity, he said they discovered that "the power which we have... inside us is enormous."
"There is no power in the world that can stand against us when we feel a part of our history, part of our people and part of this historic struggle."