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  • The Bridge over the River Chai

    The Glienicke Bridge, across which Anatoly Shcharansky walked to freedom Tuesday morning, spans a river as frozen as the East-West relations that left Germany, and Berlin itself, sundered in two after the end of the Second World War. Only military vehicles of the former allies are allowed to use the iron-girdered bridge with its green… More ▸

  • Statement by Herzog

    President Chaim Herzog issued a special statement Tuesday welcoming the release of Anatoly Shcharansky and greeting him with the traditional Hebrew blessing: “Blessed be He who frees the prisoners.” The English text read over Israel Radio by Herzog said: “Anatoly Shcharansky, a Prisoner of Zion, has become an example and a symbol. His struggle and… More ▸

  • Statement by Shamir

    Deputy Premier and Foreign Minister Yitzhak Shamir, in his speech at the World Conference of Friendship Leagues, said: “Anatoly Shcharansky has become a symbol of the struggle of hundreds and thousands for freedom from Soviet oppression and for repatriation to Israel. Like many Soviet Jews, he came to realize that his future as an active,… More ▸

  • Relief and Regrets in Washington

    The release of Soviet Prisoner of Conscience Anatoly Shcharansky was greeted here Tuesday with welcome relief, tempered by regrets that it had to come about as part of an exchange of spies and by concern for the fate of the many thousands of refuseniks as well as imprisoned Jewish activists who remain behind. President Reagan… More ▸

  • Shcharansky Comes Home

    Anatoly Shcharansky happily reunited with his wife Avital after 12 years of separation while he was in Soviet prisons and labor camps, stepped on Israel soil at Ben Gurion Airport Tuesday evening to a jubilant and joyfully tearful welcome. Premier Shimon Peres, who warmly embraced the Soviet Jewish dissident and aliya activist on his repatriation… More ▸

  • News Brief

    Ruth Popkin, president of Hadassah, announced Tuesday that the organization will be providing immediate medical attention for Anatoly Shcharansky, who arrived in Israel today. Shcharansky will be receiving a complete check-up and medical care by a team from the Hadassah-Hebrew University Medical Center headed by Dr. Mervyn Gotsman, head of the department of cardiology, who… More ▸

  • The Road to Freedom

    Anatoly Shcharansky stepped into the world of freedom Tuesday. The 38-year-old Soviet Jewish dissident and aliya activist who became a symbol of the worldwide struggle for human rights during his eight-year ordeal in Soviet prisons and forced labor camps, arrived in Israel Tuesday night to a hero’s welcome. (Arrival story, P. 4.) Shcharansky was released… More ▸

  • A Profile of Courage

    The release Tuesday of Soviet Jewish Prisoner of Conscience Anatoly Shcharansky as part of an East-West exchange of prisoners brings to a close one of the most celebrated human rights cases which drew international attention and the concern of numerous government leaders and politicians. Nearly nine years after he was bundled into a car by… More ▸

  • Israel Awaits Shcharansky

    Ben Gurion Airport authorities, preparing for the reception of Soviet Jewish aliya activist Anatoly Shcharansky, expected to be released tomorrow in an East-West prisoner exchange, are being besieged by scores of organizations which want to participate in the arrival ceremonies. The authorities hope to keep the reception low key because of Shcharansky’s health. Shcharansky, arrested… More ▸

  • U.S. Lawmakers Urge Continued Commitment to Freedom of Soviet Jews

    Three New York area Congressmen, including Sen. Alfonse D’Amato (R), today urged a continued commitment to the freedom of Soviet Jews despite the anticipated release this week of Soviet Jewish Prisoner of Conscience Anatoly Shcharansky. The Washington lawmakers said that while they were clearly pleased with the imminent release of Shcharansky as part of an… More ▸