The anti-Zionist Communist Jew Who Wanted to Hear 'Hatikvah' in the Gulag

In the book ‘White Nights,’ my father, Menachem Begin, described his friendship with Mikhail Garin, an ailing Jew and ardent communist with whom he shared a bunk in a Soviet Gulag in 1941. Garin was thought to have disappeared, like millions of other victims in those forced-labor camps. Then, a few months ago, out of the blue, contact was made with Garin’s grandson

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An illstration of Begin and Garin against the backdrop of a prison
Credit: Eran Wolkowski
Benny Begin
Ze'ev Binyamin Begin