Chassidim Visit Kever of Rebbe’s Brother 80 Years After His Murder

80 years after he was murdered al kiddush Hashem, chassidim from Dnipro visited the burial site of R’ Dovber Schneerson hy”d, the Rebbe’s brother, on 24 Tishrei, the day that was chosen as his yahrzeit.

By reporter

A group of Chassidim from Dnipro, led by the shliach and director of the Kollel Torah network Rabbi Moshe Weber, visited on Monday the mass grave in Igren near Dnipro where victims of Nazi brutality were buried, among them R’ Dovber (Berel) Schneerson hy”d, the Rebbe‘s brother.

The exact date of R’ Berel’s death is unknown. The Rebbe set the day of 24 Tishrei as the yahrzeit and would say kaddish on that date each year.

At the time of the Nazi occupation of Ukraine, R’ Berel was in a hospital in the town of Igren. Upon conquering the town towards the end of 5701, the Nazis ym”s immediately murdered all the patients in the hospital and buried them in a mass grave in the hospital’s yard. R’ Berel, at the age of 38, was also among the murdered.

The site of the mass grave was not known until 5753. When it was discovered, a monument was erected there. In 5768, a new tombstone was erected on his grave, which mentioned R’ Berel by name. At that time, a ceremony was held to erect the tombstone, with the participation of the shliach Rabbi Shmuel Kaminetsky and the heads of the Jewish community.

This years marks 80 years since the murder, and a larger group than usual visited the kever to mark the yahrzeit. The group, comprised of shluchim and their sons, recited chapters of Tehillim and kel molei rachamim before saying an emotional kaddish. They then sang the hakafos niggun of Harav Levi Yitzchok Schneerson, father of R’ Dovber.


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