Surviving the “Dirty War”


Débora Benchoam was a politically active sixteen year old living in Buenos Aires when members of the Argentinian military broke into her home, shot and killed her brother, and took her to prison. She was put in a nine by nine foot cell with three other women. The support of these women inside the prison walls helped keep Débora alive through the terrible conditions and hopelessness. And it was the work of a rabbi outside the prison walls that finally secured Débora’s freedom after four and half years of detention. Débora will talk about surviving Argentina’s “Dirty War,” and her work as a human rights lawyer now.