An archive telling the story of the UK campaign to free Israeli nuclear whistle-blower Mordechai Vanunu is now available at the University of Bradford.
Mr Vanunu is a former Israeli nuclear technician who revealed details of Israel’s nuclear weapons programme to the British press in 1986. He was convicted for treason and espionage and spent spent 18 years in prison. The archive of the campaign to free Mr Vanunu, and for a nuclear-free Middle East, was donated to the Commonweal Archives, part of the University’s Special Collections, last year.
The documents, letters, photographs and publicity material shed light on new aspects of Mr Vanunu’s experience and on the ways in which activists used political and media networks to campaign for his freedom.
Paul Rogers (right), Professor of Peace Studies and Commonweal trustee at the University of Bradford, said: “The material is of interest to any historian of social action, but it has a continuing relevance because of the issue of nuclear proliferation.”