Natan Sharansky Achievements

2020 Genesis Prize Natan Sharansky revisiting a Soviet punishment cell 30 years after his release

Prisoner of Conscience

Sharansky seemed destined to live like other Soviet Jews – oppressed and without roots. Yet his quest for freedom led him to discover his Jewish identity as a source of inner strength.

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2020 Genesis Prize Laureate Natan Sharansky with young adults at the 2016 Jewish Federations of North America General Assembly

Jewish Leader

In Israel, Sharansky worked tirelessly to integrate the Soviet Jews into the new homeland and lead a distinguished career as a politician and Chairman of the Jewish Agency for Israel.

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2020 Genesis Prize Laureate Natan Sharansky speaking at the "Freedom Sunday" march for Soviet Jews that was held on December 6, 1987 in Washington, D.C.

Activist for Human Rights and Political Freedom

The impact of Sharansky’s human rights work reaches far beyond the Jewish world.

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2020 Genesis Prize Laureate Natan Sharansky received the Congressional Gold Medal in 1986.  Shown here with Presidents Ronald Regan and George W. Bush Sr.

International Recognition

Sharansky received numerous international awards in recognition of his tireless advocacy for democracy and human rights.

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