Larger than life: Shimon Peres, a legacy in pictures
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Larger than life: Shimon Peres, a legacy in pictures

Belarus, Kibbutz Alumot, Dimona, Oslo, the Knesset, and even an email from space — images of the late president’s extraordinary career

Raphael Ahren is the diplomatic correspondent at The Times of Israel.

Shimon Peres as a child on a trip with the General Federation of Students and Young Workers (Shimon Peres Archives)
Shimon Peres as a child on a trip with the General Federation of Students and Young Workers (Shimon Peres Archives)

Shimon Peres was undoubtedly one of the most photographed people in history.

From his early childhood in a village in what is today Belarus to his days as a young official in the Defense Ministry, his walks with Israel’s founding prime minister, David Ben-Gurion, his countless meetings with popes and politicians, children and celebrities — pictures of his turbulent, decades-long career abound.

What follows is but a small selection, culled from various official and private archives.

They include a rare photo of an email sent from the Columbia space shuttle in which legendary astronaut Ilan Ramon thanks Peres for making him “the first Israeli ever to fly to space.”

 

 

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