Russia’s Chief Rabbi Calls Hamas ‘Nazis’ in Holocaust Day Speech

A ceremony at the Jewish Museum of Moscow marking International Holocaust Memorial Day. Russia’s Chief Rabbi Berel Lazar drew a comparison between the holocaust and the event of October 7th and denounced pro Hamas demonstrations.

By reporter
Photos: Jewish Museum

A special ceremony at the Jewish Museum of Moscow marked International Holocaust Memorial Day, the anniversary of when the Red Army liberated the Auschwitz-Birkenau death camp.

The ceremony, attended by government representatives, dozens of ambassadors, community leaders, museum administrators, and many media outlets, opened with greetings sent by the President of the Russian Federation, Vladimir Putin.

Russia’s Chief Rabbi Berel Lazar was first to speak at the memorial. He used the much publicized event to decry the steep rise in antisemitism around the world. “Almost 80 years have passed since Nazism was defeated and outlawed. We hoped that the lesson of the Holocaust would be learned and that this tragedy could not happen again. Unfortunately, recent events cast doubt on this. The ideology that gave rise to the Holocaust is raising its head again, even in countries with deep-rooted democratic traditions.

“The tragedy that happened in the South Israel has the same ideology: kill to kill, commit atrocities to commit atrocities, do not spare the elderly, women and children. Kill only because the victim is a Jew! The Hamas organization does not hide the fact that it is ready to kill every Jew down to the last one, and that its fighters will continue to kill As long as they live. And the world is silent. Therefore, today I cannot but speak about the position of those countries that allow and even welcome solidarity demonstrations with terrorists, these heirs of Hitler in this generation!”

Also addressing the event was Rabbi Alexander Boroda, President of the Federation of Jewish Communities in Russia, and ambassadors from Germany, Israel and Poland. Towards the end of the ceremony, six neshama candles were lit, one of them a survivor of the Auschwitz camp.

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