Menachem Begin


Menachem Begin


In September 1940 Begin was playing chess with his wife when Russian soldiers burst into his home to arrest him. As they dragged him away, he shouted to Mrs. Begin that he conceded the game.

Biographical Note: 

Menachem Begin was a Russian-born Israeli statesman and prime minister (1977-83). A hardline Zionist, when he became prime minister he nonetheless engaged in peace negotiations with President Anwar Sadat of Egypt and with him was awarded the 1979 Nobel Peace Prize.