A friend of WYSK, Erin from Milwaukee, introduced us to Swimming In The Daylight, the incredible story of the unlikely friendship between author Lisa Paul, then a young college student from the American Midwest, with a strong Catholic faith, and her Jewish, Russian-language tutor, Inna Kitrosskaya Meiman. In the 1980’s the Soviet Union wasn’t known for supporting human rights, and aside from learning the Russian language, Lisa received a larger education of the realities and oppression associated with the old Soviet regime. Inna, a Soviet dissident, was repeatedly denied a visa to receive life-saving cancer treatment abroad. Lisa fought tirelessly on her behalf, including a 25-day hunger strike that that incited an international movement for Inna’s freedom. It is a story about friendship and hope… “It is possible to swim in the daylight of hope even amid an ocean of darkness and despair.”

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