2021-11-10 10:14:00

The Russian synagogues didn't turn off the lights until morning In memory of the Kristallnacht

Moscow, November 10, Interfax - On Wednesday night, synagogues across Russia took part in the Lit Light campaign, which was dedicated to the International Day against Fascism and Anti-Semitism, established in memory of the events of Kristallnacht, the Federation of Jewish Communities of Russia (FJCR) reports.

In addition, Chief Rabbi of Russia Berel Lazar has called to light candles in synagogues in memory of the night of November 10, 1938, when a wave of Nazi pogroms swept through Germany, and synagogues, Jewish homes and shops were destroyed, more than 90 people were killed, hundreds were injured, more than 3.5 thousand were arrested. Those tragic events, which marked the beginning of the genocide of Jews in Europe, went down in history under the name Kristallnacht: after the pogroms, the streets of German cities were littered with shards of broken glass.

In his address, FJCR President Alexander Boroda called Kristallnacht the beginning of the greatest tragedy of the XX century. "Recalling the events of Kristallnacht, we remind ourselves that there is a very short way between the broken glass of the showcase, the inscription "Jude" and the gas chambers of Auschwitz," Boroda said. In his opinion, "by the example of history, we see that if the police and the state seem to step aside, then this means the same thing as supporting extremism."

He believes that the best victory over fascism is interreligious and interethnic peace and harmony. "The action of the Federation of Jewish Communities of Russia symbolizes not only the memory of those events, but also the continuation of Jewish life in our country. We leave the lights on in the windows of our synagogues because we have no reason to be afraid," Boroda said, expressing confidence that this action will find support from representatives of all religions and nationalities.

In turn, Rabbi Lazar noted that the source of fire is from God and there is a Divine spark that inside every person that should illuminate the whole world. "By lighting candles, we affirm life in contrast to those who use fire (...) to destroy the life given by the Creator. We light a fire to sanctify our reality, to make it warmer, to help people see the real light of the Almighty. The candle which will be lit in all synagogues is designed to remind that our life is eternal and the power of the spirit is much stronger than brute material force," the rabbi believes.