Remembering "Operation Wedding," the Event That Kick-Started the Movement to Free Soviet Jewry

In June 1970, fourteen Soviet Jews tried to steal an airplane to fly themselves to freedom. A new documentary marks their story—and Natan Sharansky reminisces.

Operation Wedding.

Operation Wedding.

Observation
Feb. 27 2017
About the author

Dore Feith is a senior at Columbia University, where he studies history and Arabic.

In June 1970, fourteen Soviet Jews who had been refused permission to emigrate tried to steal an airplane to fly themselves to freedom in the West. Led by Edouard Kuznetsov and Mark Dymshits, the group had spent months plotting their move.

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