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Dedication of New Synagogue in "Stalin's City"

November 30, 2007 10:36 AM
A synagogue that survived a German bombing attack on Stalingrad, Russia, during World War II and withstood Communism's reign was rededicated this week. Now, the Jewish community of Volgograd – the city reverted back to its original name in 1961 during Russia's period of destalinization – once again has a center they can call their own.
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When Chabad-Lubavitch emissaries arrived in Volgograd in 1997, the city's old synagogue was almost in ruins; gaping holes from a World War II German bombing campaign pierced its walls. It took years to convince local authorities to return the building to the Jewish community, which finally took possession in 2003. Renovations to the synagogue, which were just completed, brought the exterior, shown here, to its former glory. (Photos: FJC.ru)
When Chabad-Lubavitch emissaries arrived in Volgograd in 1997, the city's old synagogue was almost in ruins; gaping holes from a World War II German bombing campaign pierced its walls. It took years to convince local authorities to return the building to the Jewish community, which finally took possession in 2003. Renovations to the synagogue, which were just completed, brought the exterior, shown here, to its former glory. (Photos: FJC.ru)

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