Livia Malcangio’s interview for book Being Nobel to Dr Ira Helfand, board member of Nobel Peace Organisations IPPNW and ICAN.

Ira Helfand and Livia Malcangio

Livia Malcangio’s interview for book Being Nobel to Dr Ira Helfand, board member of Nobel Peace Organisations IPPNW and ICAN.

Who is your favorite Nobel Peace Prize winner?

“…Can I have two? Nelson Mandela is just the most extraordinary human being. After being in prison for 27 years to emerge from that experience, not focused on the injury that he had suffered, but rather on the healing the he could bring about it’s just incredibly inspiring.
The other person is Mikhail Gorbachev, because I really think he saved the world. At a time of extraordinary tension, when we were really moving towards nuclear war, he had the vision and the courage to understand that things had to be done differently and he reached out to the United States, probably with no expectation that he would be successful. Let’s try something different. Because had he not done that, we would have had a nuclear war in the 1980s, we have been given the gift of time.”
Ira Helfand

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