Forgotten Hostages

Jerry Levin and his wife Sis Levin discuss their firsthand experiences with political violence in the Middle East. Jerry Levin served as bureau chief of the Cable News Network in Beirut, where he was kidnapped and held hostage for eleven months, escaping in February 1985. He attributes much of the credit for attaining his freedom to the efforts of his wife, Sis Levin, who lobbied politicians, the military, and cultural leaders in the United States, Lebanon, and Syria. At the time this edition of Soundings was taped, five U.S. citizens remained in political captivity in the Middle East. According to the Levins, these men are pawns in a battle of silence and pride waged by American and Middle Eastern participants.

This edition of Soundings was conducted by Wayne J. Pond.

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