Jewish Book Festival Keynote: Natan Sharansky and Gil Troy Never Alone: Prison, Politics and My People
A child chess prodigy. Deputy Prime Minister of Israel. Refusenik. Recipient of the Congressional Medal of Honor and the Presidential Medal of Freedom. Soviet prisoner. Head of the Jewish Agency. Natan Sharansky traveled countless paths to become the renowned figure he is today. In his recent memoir, Never Alone, he recounts how his personal experiences, including nine years as a political prisoner in which he endured force feedings and solitary confinement, forged his political activism and commitments to his faith and his people.
Author, Zionist thinker, and presidential historian Gil Troy joins Sharansky on stage as co-author of Sharansky’s memoir. A Distinguished Scholar in North American History at McGill University currently living in Jerusalem, Troy is the author of eleven books on the American presidency. His book Moynihan’s Moment: America’s Fight against Zionism as Racism was designated one of 2012’s best books by Jewish Ideas Daily.
Written with frankness, affection, and humor, Never Alone offers us profound insights from a man who embraced the essential human struggle: to find his own voice, his own faith, and the people to whom he could belong.
7pm Edison Gymnasium, downstairs
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