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The reasons for his father’s arrest

“For one academic year, my father had been the chair of a Zionist organisation, Hasmoneja, which supported the return of Jews to Israel. When the Soviets arrived, this organisation was forbidden and dissolved. From that point, my father had no further contact with the organisation. But during the Soviet period, when everyone began informing on everyone, a member of the organisation who knew my father well, wrote a letter of denunciation mentioning my father’s membership of the Zionist organisation. It was on that basis that my father was arrested.”