2010-06-04 / Community

Pheffer Meets Anti-Soviet Jewish Dissident

Assemblywoman Audrey I. Pheffer had the pleasure of meeting with Mr. Josef Begunn, one of the most famous anti-Soviet Jewish Dissidents in the history of the then-Soviet Union and now Russia. Back in 1965, Josef Begunn started the “Let My People Go” movement to free the Russian Jews, and as a result, was imprisoned for ten years in the GULAG in Siberia for his dissenting and for his protesting the policies of the Soviet Union in relationship to his Jewish brothers and sisters. He was released from prison many years ago at a special request by President Ronald Reagan to President Gorbachev.

Josef now lives in Israel. He came to Albany to view the workings of the Legislature and meet with the members of the National Jewish Legislators, New York State Chapter. (Pictured l to r: Assemblywoman Pheffer, Mr. Josef Begunn, Assemblywoman Michele Titus and Assemblyman Alec Brook-Krasney)

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