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Jacobo Timerman

Jacobo Timerman was a publisher, journalist, and author. Born in Bar, Ukraine, Timerman and his family emigrated to Argentina in 1928.

In the decade of the 1960s, Timerman established himself as a popular journalist, and, before the decade had come to a close, he was able to found two different weekly news magazines. Later, from 1971 to 1977, Timerman edited and published the left-leaning daily La Opinion. Under his leadership, this paper publicized news and criticisms of the human rights violations of the Argentine government during the early years of the "Dirty War" as a result of investigations about his relationship with David Graiver. On 15 April 1977, Timerman was arrested by the military. Thereafter, he was subjected to electric shock torture, beatings, and solitary confinement. These experiences were chronicled in his 1981 book Prisoner Without a Name, Cell Without a Number, and a 1983 movie by the same name: http://us.imdb.com/title/tt0085745/.

After his release from prison in September 1979, Timerman was forced into exile and went to Tel Aviv, Israel. A year after publishing Prisoner Without a Name, Cell Without a Number, he released The Longest War. This book was a detailed and personal response to the first few months of Israel's 1982 invasion of Lebanon.

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Timerman's testimony to the National Commission on the Disappearance of Persons

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