Recorded on November 9, Natan Sharansky sits down with Peter Robinson to discuss Soviet communism and its impact on his personal. Temperamentally and intellectually, Natan Sharansky is a man very much like Since Fear No Evil was originally published in , the Soviet government that. Temperamentally and intellectually, Natan Sharansky is a man very much like many of us—which makes this account of his arrest on political grounds, his.
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Temperamentally and intellectually, Natan Sharansky is a man very much like many of us—which makes this account of his arrest on political grounds, his trial, and ten years’ imprisonment in the Orwellian universe of the Soviet gulag particularly vivid and resonant. Since Fear No Evil was originally published inthe Soviet government that imprisoned Sharansky has col Temperamentally and intellectually, Natan Sharansky is a man very much like many of ecil makes this account of his arrest on political grounds, his trial, and ten years’ sharanskky in the Orwellian universe of the Soviet gulag particularly vivid and resonant.
Since Fear No Evil was originally published inthe Soviet government that imprisoned Sharansky has collapsed. Sharansky has become an important national leader in Israel—and serves as Israel’s diplomatic liaison to the former Soviet Union!
New York Times Jerusalem Bureau Chief Serge Schmemann reflects on those fwar events, and on Sharansky’s extraordinary life in the decades since his arrest, in a new introduction to this edition.
Fear No Evil
But the truths Sharansky learned in his jail cell and sets forth in this book have timeless importance so long as rulers anywhere on earth still supress their own peoples. For anyone with an interest in human rights—and anyone with an appreciation for the resilience of the human spirit—he illuminates the weapons with which the powerless can humble the powerful: I alone can humiliate myself.
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Jun 20, Gary rated it it was amazing. In this classic, in the tradition of The Gulag Archipelago: Sharansky was first denied an exit visa to Israel in Seperated from his wife, Avital, a day after thewir marriage, inSharansky fought for the rights of Jews in the Soviet Union as well as the rights of oth In this classic, in the tradition of The Gulag Archipelago: Seperated from his wife, Avital, a day after thewir marriage, inSharansky fought evill the rights of Jews in the Soviet Union as well as the rights of other persecuted minorities such as Pentecostals, Catholics, Ukrainians, Crimean Tatars and ethnic Germans, which disproves the repulsive charge by anti-Semites that Zionists only care about their own people.
He worked as a translator for Soviet dissident and human rights champion Andrei Sakharov, and his spokesman. Sakharov never stopped fighting for Sharanky’s freedom, for human rights and for the Jews of the Soviet Empire. Sharanky describes his life in the preface as a Jews growing up in Russia, evol his mental liberation from Soviet thought slavery, by his discovery of his Judaism and Zionism. He then details his arrest, and his nine jatan of brutal incarceration.
He never bowed to his captors and refused to have anything to do with the perfidious KGB. A variety of mental and physical tortures were used to try to break Sharansky, but he never flinched. Always given courage by the word of the G-D of Israel, and particularly guided by Psalm His wife Avital tirelessly fought for his release as his cause became known in the free world, and sgaransky for by all freedom-loving people.
The book ends with Sharansky’s release in and his aliyah to Israel, where he was reunited with his wife. The book is a testament to the evils of a one party tyranny. It is a testament to the eternal endurability of the Jewish people, and their unbreakable bond wit the Land of Israel.
Unltimately it is a testament of hope and of freedom of the human spirit. Today the same Communist ideology that persecuted Sharansky is waging a jihad of intellectual terrorism against Israel and her people. But the courage of people like Sharansky and the people of Israel has shown that Israel can and will prevail. Feb 01, Eric rated it it was amazing Shelves: So I’m watching Hell’s Kitchen the other night, one of the few, if not the only, reality show I like though I’m enjoying it less and less every year.
Anyway, a contestant sprained her ankle and hobbled around in obvious pain while cooking that night. At the end, when the jerk chef is deciding which shmuck to kick off the show, the injured contestant withdraws due to her injury. Which causes the jerk chef, other contestants, and narrator to wax poetic paeans to her courage and bravery for cooki So I’m watching Hell’s Kitchen the other night, one of the few, if not the only, reality show I like though I’m enjoying it less and less every year.
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Which causes the jerk chef, other contestants, and narrator to wax poetic paeans to her courage and bravery for cooking on a sprained ankle. In the meantime, I’m reading this book. Sharansky endures gear and physical torture, cruel oppression, and gross violations of his rights and dignity as a human being. He can ease his suffering at any time, merely by agreeing to work with the KGB by squealing on his colleagues or denouncing his work to promote human rights in the USSR and efforts to emigrate to Israel.
But he refuses and pays the price. He spends nine years, from toin Soviet prisons and labor camps, though he committed no crime. That, folks, is real courage. Jul 27, Hana rated it it was amazing Shelves: Memories of the world behind the Iron Curtain are fading, and it is sharasky to forget that millions of people lived for decades trapped in a system that denied them even the most basic freedoms. Sharansky and his ‘Refusnik’ friends were among those courageous enough, perhaps crazy enough, to sharwnsky an oppressive and all-powerful totalitarian government.
Their struggles showed the free world the truth about the Soviet empire. On March 4,a full-page article in Izvestia accused Anatoly Shara Memories of the world behind the Iron Curtain are fading, and it is easy n forget that millions of people lived for decades trapped in a system that denied them even the most basic freedoms.
On March 4,a full-page article in Izvestia accused Anatoly Sharansky and several other Jewish activists of working for the CIA and carrying out espionage against the Soviet Union. This was the prelude to Sharansky’s arrest on March 15, and his sharaneky trial and imprisonment.
His dream of sgaransky and the right to ‘make alyah’–to emigrate to Israel–was eventually realized inthanks both to his own courage, but also to the dear efforts of his wife Avital Natasha and human rights workers around the world.
Sharansky won not just his freedom, but also a personal victory against the KGB. Surprisingly, it is often very funny. In Lefortovo, one KGB interrogator suggested that Sharansky should feel free to get up and move around if he would be more comfortable: Sharansky took him at his word and did calisthenics and head-stands.
Political prisoners were often kept in total isolation and the guards would snap their fingers and click their keys to warn other guards to clear corridors when a prisoner was being transported: Sharansky imitated his guard’s finger clicking adding a little dance routine, and he and his guard ended up skipping down the corridor together.
Placed in freezing punishment chambers in the Gulag, the tone-deaf Sharansky would sing Israeli folk songs at the top of his lungs. He kept his sense of humor, he kept his sanity, he kept his faith, and he kept up his unrelenting struggle, spending months in punishment cells and on hunger strikes.
Other prisoners fought back as well and the stories of many of Sharansky’s fellow zeks are full of heroism and a kind of stark beauty. View all 10 comments. Oct 17, David Karpel rated it it was amazing. Sharansky’s self-discipline and focus of mind is humbling and inspiring.
The fearsome KGB is merely an opponent on the other side of a chess board he plays like a master because consistently he keeps in mind the ultimate truth of his position. Feb 19, Leora Wenger rated it really liked it Shelves: It took me a while to get into the book there were details of the how the Soviet Union society operated that I glossed overbut once I got to know Sharansky as a person and could relate to him, I was hooked.
I was fascinated by how he used chess and solving a chess problem as a way to cope while in a punishment cell. His wife Avital was truly amazing, bringing his case to officials all over the Western world.
I wasn’t clear why he needed to go on so many hunger strikes, but they seemed to hel It took me a while to get into the book there were details of the how the Snaransky Union society operated that I glossed overbut once I got shadansky know Sharansky as a person and could relate to him, I was hooked.
I wasn’t clear why he needed to go on so many hunger strikes, but they seemed to help him keep his humanity. I felt great joy for him when he was finally let out of prison. As terrible as life was in Soviet prisons and camps, it wasn’t nearly as awful as it was for Jews under the Nazis. That’s what happens when nattan read a Nazi book right after a Soviet book. Maybe I’ll read a Solzhenitsyn book soon. Jan 31, Tamara rated it it was ok. Definitely interesting, glad I read it.
It’s a translation – so the prose are pretty simple and the narrative isn’t all that compelling – but I didn’t find it a shwransky trudge.
I’ve had this on my shelf for years so Feae happy to have finally gotten to it! The special relevance of the Passover story to a group or refuseniks in Moscow was so obvious that nobody had to point it out… That night I came across a moving line in the Passover liturgy that would stay with me forever: Not technically illegal, it meant usually an immediate firing from whatever job you held and then even more perse The special relevance natab the Passover story to a group or sharanaky in Moscow was so obvious that nobody had to point it out… That nl I came across a moving line in the Passover liturgy that would stay with me forever: Not technically illegal, it meant usually an immediate firing from whatever job you held and then even more persecution from the state than Jews normally received due to the fifth line on their identity papers.
Sharansky was fired inbecause he was a graduate of the Institute of Physics and Technology, and the law also required him to stay on at his job for three years.
He was married inalthough the Soviet Union did not recognize the marriage. He sharansjy imprisoned in This book describes his experiences in the prisons and camps of the Soviet Union as the Soviets tried to convince him to renounce his friends and aspirations in order to be freed.
His view, however, was that freedom meant the truth. It was the moment that he decided not to say one thing to the authorities and believe something else personally that he was free. Evik his investigation, Volodia [Vladimir Poresh, a Russian Christian] suffered greatly from his brief vacillation because of the possible harm he could have caused his friends. In my opinion, however, what really made him suffer was the realization that he evll insufficiently prepared for his encounter with evil.
Poresh lived with the belief that his every step, his every act, was being weighed and measured above.