We became privileged to know them, when my husband was chosen to be the first shaliach sent to work with their Betar Zionist youth movement from 1975-77. We lived in London during that time. And since our return to Israel, some of them have made aliyah, and we've remained very close friends.
During the time we were in London, we joined their efforts to free Soviet Jewry, especially Natan Sharansky who had been jailed by the Soviets. His wife Avital became a frequent visitor to London and they were both at the book launch to thank the late George Evnine, Eric Graus and others for all of the help they gave during that long, painful struggle to free Sharansky and see him safe and sound in Israel.
|Natan and Avital Sharansky with Rosaly Evnine|
|Eric Graus, autographing a book, with Natan Sharansky|
|Natan Sharansky autographing a book.|
There was a massive crowd of people in attendance.
|Joe, on the left (of the picture)|
Other speakers, besides Natan Sharansky, were, Minister Without Portfolio Benny Begin, former MK and Minister Moshe Arens, Eric Graus, Joe Gellert and Steve Rockman.
This was an amazing reunion attended by many British immigrants, who had been members of Herut/Likud and Betar, in addition to some still living in England who came to Israel specially to attend the event. There were also children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren of the ever dedicated selfless activists.