Alan Gross with his wife Judy, attorney Scott Gilbert, Rep. Chris Van Hollen, D-Md., Sen. Patrick Leahy, D-Vt., and Sen. Jeff Flake, R-Ariz. watch television onboard a government plane headed back to the US as the news breaks of his release, Dec. 17, 2014.

Alan Gross with his wife Judy, attorney Scott Gilbert, Rep. Chris Van Hollen, D-Md., Sen. Patrick Leahy, D-Vt., and Sen. Jeff Flake, R-Ariz. watch television onboard a government plane headed back to the US as the news breaks of his release, Dec. 17, 2014.

For five years, Potomac resident Alan Gross was a prisoner of the Cuban government. Jailed on suspicion of trying to destabilize the island’s Communist regime, the longtime development worker says he endured isolation and deprivation “because Cuba wanted to poke Uncle Sam in the eye.” But a groundswell of support from our region’s Jewish community kept Gross’s spirits up and played a pivotal role in his historic release in December 2014. Now, Gross is speaking out about his time as a political prisoner, his hopes for the country that imprisoned him, and the local community that sustained him during his darkest days.

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