6 May 2022

Requiem dedicated to the memory of the Kishinev pogrom (mayhem) of 1903

Today, on April 8, at the monument to the victims of the Kishinev pogrom of 1903, a minute of silence was observed in memory of the victims of the Kishinev pogrom, a memorial prayer was read, candles were lit and flowers and stones were laid.

“Exactly 119 years ago, the Kishinev pogrom took place. Today we remember dozens of murdered and hundreds of wounded Jews. We are at the place where the Chisinau Jewish Cemetery was not so long ago. It was on it that the victims of the Kishinev Pogrom were buried. This tragedy led to a series of persecutions of Jews in Bessarabia and Ukraine, which preceded the bloodiest genocide in the history of mankind – the Holocaust. During the Holocaust, 6 million Jews were killed, 300 thousand in Bessarabia and Transnistria. We honor their memory and say never again,” Director of the Jewish Community of the Republic of Moldova Aliona Grossu said in her opening speech.

The requiem in memory of the Chisinau pogrom was attended by Ambassador-at-Large Vitalie Rusu, Vice Mayor Angela Kutasevich, and an address was delivered by Ambassador Joel Lyon from the Eurasian Division of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Israel and the head of the Israeli Emergency Mission to Moldova.

“I want to express my gratitude for the invitation and organization of the rally dedicated to the memory of the Chisinau pogrom of 1903. We had to learn a lesson from history, we had to pass on the knowledge and history of the new generation so that this tragedy never happened. We cannot be indifferent to manifestations of hypersensitivity, xenophobia, intolerance and anti-Semitism,” said Vitalie Rusu, Ambassador on behalf of the MFAEI.

“There was a Jewish cemetery, so the improvement and preservation of this place is very important, in memory of the victims of those tragic events. It is very important to remember and preserve the history of these events in order not to let it happen again. Chisinau has always been an inter ethnic city in terms of population, where everyone lived peacefully and amicably. And this should continue,” said Angela Kutasevich, Vice Mayor of Chisinau Municipality.

Alexander Kleinerman, the administrative director of the Jewish Community of the Republic of Moldova, addressed in Hebrew to all representatives of the State of Israel, officials, volunteers and members of the Jewish community, thanking them for participating in the event and for the assistance provided to members of the Jewish communities of Ukraine who have been in Moldova since the beginning of hostilities in neighboring country.

The memorial praying was read by the Rabbi of the Jewish Community of the Republic of Moldova, Shimshon Daniel Izakson.

It is important to remember not to repeat. It is important to remember to pass on knowledge through generations.