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Larger Than Life: Shimon Peres, a Legacy in Pictures

Shimon Peres with his wife Sonia and their three children, November 15, 1958 (Photo: Avraham Vered/Defense Ministry Archives)

From a childhood in Eastern Europe to aliyah (immigration) to the Holy Land. From helping found the state of Israel to becoming one of the nation's beloved elder statesmen. The Times of Israel's Raphael Ahren provides a photo essay on the life and career of Shimon Peres:

Shimon Peres was undoubtedly one of the most photographed people in history.

From his early childhood in a village in what is today Belarus to his days as a young official in the Defense Ministry, his walks with Israel’s founding prime minister, David Ben-Gurion, his countless meetings with popes and politicians, children and celebrities — pictures of his turbulent, decades-long career abound.

What follows is but a small selection, culled from various official and private archives, including a rare photo of an email sent from the Columbia space shuttle in which legendary astronaut Ilan Ramon thanks Peres for making him “the first Israeli ever to fly to space.”

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