Everybody Has a Story with Natan Sharansky

Cody Pomeranz ’15 continues his “Everybody Has a Story” segment, featuring a new and fascinating campus figure every two weeks. Today, he sits down with former Deputy Prime Minister of Israel and Soviet dissident Natan Sharansky to discuss Israeli politics and his time in Soviet prison. Sharansky currently heads the Jewish Agency for Israel, which serves as the largest jewish organization in the world. In 1978, he became one of the world’s most famous political prisoners when he was imprisoned in the Soviet Gulag labor camp in Siberia. Sharansky served nine years in prison, five of which were in solitary confinement. He has gone on to serve as a member of the Israeli Knesset and a Minister in four successive Israeli governments. Mr. Sharansky has been honored with numerous awards, including the 1986 U.S. Congressional Gold Medal and the 2006 Presidential Medal of Freedom. In 2005, he was named one of TIME magazine’s “100 Most Influential People.”

His memoir, Fear No Evil, was published in 1988 and has been translated into nine languages. His second book, The Case for Democracy: The Power of Freedom to Overcome Tyranny and Terror, was a New York Times bestseller. Sharansky’s most recent work, Defending Identity: Its Indispensable Role in Protecting Democracy, was published in 2008.

Research and Editing by: Cody Pomeranz

Videography by: Patrice Bowman