The Rabbi told about the consequences of the repression of Soviet Jews

© RIA Novosti / Michael Clientgenerated in fotobanka the Federation of Jewish communities Alexander Boroda during a meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin. 20 September 2017The Rabbi told about the consequences of the repression of Soviet Jews© RIA Novosti / Michael Clientgenerated the image Bank

Repressions of the Soviet regime touched every Jewish family, and in General they led to the decline of spirituality and separateness of the population of the USSR, declared the Day of memory of victims of political repression, the President of the Federation of Jewish communities of Russia, Rabbi Alexander Boroda.

«The Soviet government hoped repression to clear the country of their opponents, but this policy has only led to decline of spirituality, to the fragmentation of the population, not to mention how many great scientific discoveries, how many good deeds could make those who were declared «enemies of the people,» exiled, sent to labour camps or shot. Unfortunately, in Russia there is almost no Jewish family, in which there would live the memory of the victims of repression. The Jews in particular has hit the campaign against «cosmopolitanism» that led to the famous «doctors ‘ plot», — he said.

Among the victims were religious leaders who fought for the existence of the Jewish culture and traditions in the Soviet Union, he recalled. The most famous of them was the chief Rabbi of Moscow Shmaryahu Leib Medalie, who was shot in 1938, along with several dozen religious activists. His house was a memorial plaque within the framework of the public project «the Last address».

«Also the well-known story of one of the leaders of the Hasidic movement, the Sixth Lubavitcher Rebbe Yosef Yitzchak Schneerson, who in the 1920s was headed by semi-Vaad rabana of the Soviet Union (the Council of rabbis of Russia), helping believers to resist pressure from the government who tried to conduct forcible secularization of society. He was arrested and sentenced to death. But under pressure from the West death sentence was replaced by exile, and then completely expelled from the Soviet Union», — said the Rabbi.

In modern Russia, he assured, have no place in this policy, all of the victims of political repression justified, and their memory perpetuated. The Russian government «in the most gentle way honors the names of the victims,» and public and religious forces «are his partners in this noble cause.»

«In particular, the Jewish Museum and tolerance Center there is a room devoted to Jewish life in the postwar years, and interactive memorial «Unforgotten names», — he reminded.

«This lesson of history should be studied with the conclusion that the country cannot develop if the society is to be ruled by hatred and fear; that the key to a brighter future is humanity and eternal values to unite the nation,» concluded Beard.