“Life is full of tears of joy and tears of despair. Life is not made of years but of moments” – Ellie Wiesel
Just as Martin Luther King demonstrated on the National Mall in 1963 for a cause he firmly believed in, so too did 250,000 people demonstrate on December 6, 1987 for the support of Soviet Jewry. The issue: Jews throughout the Soviet Union were living under anti-religious, anti-Semitic and Communist oppression and were denied the ability to emigrate. They were hunted down by the KGB for even the slightest detection of religious practice. Possessing scant knowledge of Jewish history, customs and holidays, many of them either assimilated or converted. Those that chose to fight however subtle it may have been were called refusniks and were often convicted of treason and sentenced to long and harsh prison sentences in Siberia.
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