Bukovsky and Sharansky
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This paper examines Vladimir Bukovsky?s "To Build a Castle" and Anatoly Sharansky?s "Fear No Evil", two memoirs of life as a political prisoner in the Soviet Union. It looks at how as two Soviet dissidents they both had a shared belief that the regime was unjust, corrupt and they did not want to submit to its power. It also explores how, as dissidents they were from two different backgrounds one concerned largely with Jewish emigration and the other with general human rights issues. It shows how they both dealt with the hardships of imprisoned life by retreating into personal fantasy worlds which were very different in character.
From the Paper:"Both men give accounts of their upbringing as children and link this to their later experiences as dissidents. Sharansky describes his growing realisation of an underlying anti-Semitism that was prevalent in the Soviet state. As he grows up he becomes aware of prejudice against him and how his opportunities in life are restricted because of his Jewish background. It was this anti-Semitism that drove him towards his faith. As a student he began to protest against some of the injustices of the regime. However his real conflict with the regime began when he was denied an exit-visa from the USSR when he attempted to leave for Israel. This led him to become involved in the dissident Zionist movement in the USSR. He campaigned on behalf of those who had been denied an exit visa (refuseniks), taking part in demonstrations and exchanging dissident samzidat literature. Although his main focus was on the issue of Jewish emigration from the USSR, he was also involved with the more general human rights movement especially the Helsinki Watch group that was formed to monitor Soviet compliance with the Helsinki accords."
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