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Group Receives KGB Files on Rabbi

Religion IN BRIEF

January 15, 2000|Associated Press

NEW YORK — KGB files on a Ukrainian rabbi have been turned over to Lubavitchers, a Hasidic Jewish group headquartered in Brooklyn.

The files concern Levi Schneerson, who was chief rabbi of Dnepropetrovsk, Ukraine, until his arrest in 1939 for counterrevolutionary activities--namely promoting Judaism in the Soviet Union. Schneerson was imprisoned, then exiled to a remote area of Kazakhstan. He was released in 1944 and died a few months later.

His son, Menachem Schneerson, left Russia before his father's arrest and eventually relocated to Brooklyn, where he was the Lubavitchers' grand rebbe until his death five years ago.

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