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Menachem Begin

Though he eventually shared the 1979 Nobel Peace Prize as the prime minister of Israel, Menachem Begin was born in Russia and studied law in Warsaw. After Germany invaded Poland in 1939, Begin escaped to Lithuania, but when the Soviet Union invaded Lithuania, he was among the 120,000 citizens arrested and deported to Siberia. Released in 1941, Begin went on to become a Zionist leader and founded Israel’s Likud party. In 1977, he became the nation’s sixth prime minister, brokering a historic peace treaty with Egypt.


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