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Cell Life under Sentence
As the Rebbe was taken back to his cell at the end of his grueling first interrogation, Lulav’s closing declaration echoed in his ears: “In another twenty-four hours you will be shot dead!” In response, the Rebbe calmly reminded himself: “G‑d will surely ...
Russian Jewry Proclaims a Public Fast
The Rebbe’s arrest roused a turbulent storm. The news traveled fast, and by Wednesday morning masses of people from all corners of Leningrad, chassidim and unobservant Jews alike, converged on the Rebbe’s home. Their impassioned Tehillim shared one entrea...
Who Notified the Rebbe of his Sentence?
When the Rebbe was brought to his first interrogation, as mentioned above, he was not only ill, but also battered by the constant verbal abuse, and weak and exhausted from his ongoing two-day fast. Two of his interrogators were Russian gentiles, one of wh...
Capital Sentence
Though the Rebbe had listened intently to the Russian prisoner’s story, he kept his spirits high by writing down his Torah teachings. He had a pen, but no paper, so he recorded his teachings, thoughts and impressions on the butts of over a hundred cigaret...
Protest Fast for Tefillin
Thus it was that at 6:00 AM on Wednesday, the Rebbe found himself in cell number 160 in Division Six. Nevertheless, even after a night of threats and suffering, he was staunch of spirit and had only one demand – that he be given his tefillin. The cell was...
At the Mercy of Wild Beasts
The office was filled with dozens of young women who were busy writing and smoking, while many prisoners sat and waited their turn. One of those secretaries approached the Rebbe and asked him to fill in the questionnaire that she handed him. When the Rebb...
The Rebbe Walks the Corridors of Spalerka
A man can live an entire lifetime without ever suffering a thousandth part of what the Rebbe underwent during his first night in the hands of Cheka,See footnote 334 above. the GPU, beginning with the few hours he endured in the offices of Spalerka and con...
Cheka Agents Arrest the Lubavitcher Rebbe
It was Thursday night, July 14, 1927.In fact it was Wednesday night, at 2:15 AM, on June 15. At that time, the Lubavitcher RebbeI.e., the Rebbe Rayatz. was living in Leningrad, in one of the apartments in the spacious building that had once belonged to Pl...
The sixth Rebbe of Chabad-Lubavitch, author of the present work, was born on 12 Tammuz, 5640 (1880), and by 5655 (1895) was involved in public affairs as the personal secretary of his father, the Rebbe Rashab, whom he also represented at international Rab...
“The Lubavitcher Rebbe’s Ordeal in Soviet Russia”
Arrest by the Cheka; Suffering in Spalerka; Capital Sentence; Exile to Kostrama; Liberation The Version of an Independent ChroniclerOn this unusual document, see p. viii above. Riga, 5690 (1930)
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