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March 07, 1986 - Image 16

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The Detroit Jewish News, 1986-03-07

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20 Friday, March 7, 1986



Continued from Page 18




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ShcharanskY Personality
Perpetuated In Fame

Words that are perhaps run-
ning into the millions have been
written and continue to be writ-.
ten about the new Natan —
Anatoly Shcharansky who
henceforth will be known by his
Hebrew name.
His personality now occupies
a place of leadership not only in
Jewish recordings: he will
surely be known in folklore.
This is explained by his cour-
age, his resistance to the KGB,
his Jewish devotion.
Perhaps it is not surprising
therefore that one of the world's
Most noted Jewish writers, Mar-
tin Gilbert, the authorized biog-
rapher of Winston Churchill, a
work soon to run into its 20th
volume, is now writing the
Shcharansky biography. That
the redeemed-from-KGB hero
should have attained such
recognition, of being biographed
by one of the world's most dis- Anatoly Shcharansky
tinguished authors, is an at- day. The three of us contin-
tainment seldom earned. Natan ued down the street, the tail
earned it.
about 20 feet behind.
Proof of his thus having
We first went to the gov-
earned such glory is provided in ernment office in charge of
a most fascinating brief essay on the prosecution of Zmner
the New York Times Op-Ed ZavoroV, a Georgian Jew ar-
Page, Feb. 19, by an attorney rested and convicted of anti-
whose dedication to the Soviet • activity. Mr.
Shcharansky case dates back to Shcharansky told the recep-
Natan's pre-prison years. The tionist I represented the fam-
world is provided with a notable ily, showed . the written
personality by trial lawyer Mar- authorization from Mr.
tin Garbus, who recalls first Zavorov's parents and asked
meeting Shcharansky in 1977, a to see the lawyer in charge of
month before • he was arrested. the prosecution. Told she was
"It was clear," Garbus states, out, I started to leave, but
"he was not only out on a limb Mr. Shcharansky said we
but was sawing himself off." were being given
Garbus asserts that Shcharnsky runaround — that the pro-
"knew when he began speaking secutor was there: He had
out against the Soviet govern- overheard the switchboard
ment that he would face many operator putting • a call
years in jail and isolation cells, through to her. Mr.
undergoing extreme psychologi- ■ Shcharansky told the recep-
cal and physical pressuies."
tionist, "We'll sit down in the
Trying to understand how a 1 entrance hall and wait." We
man can leave material comfort, \ did.
family and friends, "and delib-
After two hours, we met
erately walk into prisons," Gar- with Sobrina Avanov, the
bus judges him on the basis of prosecutor, who said to Mr.
personal experience with politi- Shcharansky: "What right do
cal defendants in jails in you have to help them? This
Bangladesh, China, Chile, South time you're going too far.
Africa and in this country,, and You're creating trouble, and
comments: "I have never, never you're going to get into trou-
encountered anyone like Mr. ble. This American lawyer is
Shcharansky. He is the freest going tOget into trouble. You
person I have ever met." There- should Stay MS far away from
upon, Garbus writes this tribute these people as you can." Her
to .the hero in the battle con- voice, increasingly angry and
fronting the USSR:
loud, had little impact on Mr.
Mr. Shcharansky, in 1977 Shcharansky. In a slow, re-
walking the streets of Mos- ' spectful voice, he started to
cow, knew he was a doomed . translate the questions he
man whose every move was thought should be put to her.
being watched. One day as : The more she yelled and be-
we left the Hotel Rossiya, he rated him,;', the, more quietly
looked back and waved to a he put-the-questions. Her
man who had come out after rage.,rose until :she could no
us. "That's my 'tail,' he said, longer dents With :him. She
"I've recently been hontnied called'ifiher444erior:' •
At first] theYraoOthyelled at
by having one to myself fol.
weeks on end. This man's Mr..:Slieharansky:' He
sorbed'ithel abuse: When it
been on my tail before
he's not a bad fellow. They're ended, he irehintlessly put my
mad at me this week, 'so [ questions to , ithein. After ten
iielling, fol-
they'll let me see him. rn monet i
; lowed by Mr. Shcharansky's
make it easy for him."
With a grin that showed his putfink:S6theriquestion,.=fol -
acceptance that his tail, too, 1 lowe&bytlinOrel•elling, it' he-
had to live , Mr. Shcharansk
cantwelearlie- ..tvoS .nioti 16 be
walked over, told him wher
we .. were -going. and—wftli fruStritioni.lind fexaspetation
whom we would spend-the ended as she almost out

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