What we can learn from the refuseniks of the Soviet Union

Religion News Service By Marc Zvi Brettler | February 3, 2017 (RNS) In spring 1981 I spent several weeks visiting refuseniks — Jews who wanted to leave the Soviet Union for Israel but were refused state permission to emigrate. When I entered the country, the news magazines I brought with me were confiscated, and I was followed by the KGB and twice interrogated by them.  I saw from the people I visited what it is like to live in terror, though I was always reassured that as an American, I would…