Swimming in the Daylight: An American Student, a Soviet-Jewish Dissident, and the Gift of Hope
Lisa C. PaulISBN: 1616082038;
“A powerful memoir about hope, courage, and faith. . . . The lessons of this book are urgently needed today.”—Dr. Alan Mittleman, Chair Department of Jewish Thought, the Jewish Theological Seminary in New York.There is always some part of the world where human rights are trampled and oppression quashes the human spirit. In the 1980s, it was the Soviet Union. In Swimming in the Daylight, Lisa Paul, a Catholic-American student living in Moscow in the early ’80s, details how she grew to understand the perverse reality of the pre-Gorbachev Soviet regime as her friendship with her Russian-language tutor, Inna Kitrosskaya Meiman, blossomed. Inna, a Soviet-Jewish dissident and refusenik, was repeatedly denied a visa to receive life-saving cancer treatment abroad. The refusal was an apparent punishment imposed on both her and her Jewish husband, Naum, for his participation in the Moscow Helsinki Watch Group—the lone group fighting for human rights in the U.S.S.R. Before Lisa returned to...
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