A forgotten genocide: The sad history of the Krymchaks

The story of the Krymchak Jewish community in Crimea is especially pertinent to the present story unfolding in Europe, as we remember their genocide at the hands of the Nazis 77 years ago.

By OLEG KUZNETSOV
March 21, 2018 16:04
A photograph of Rabbi Chaim Chizkiyahu Medini, considered the ‘Chacham’ of Krymchaki Jews, with his

A photograph of Rabbi Chaim Chizkiyahu Medini, considered the ‘Chacham’ of Krymchaki Jews, with his wife, daughters, sons-in-law, and grandchildren, taken shortly before he returned to Palestine in 1899. (photo credit: COURTESY OLEG KUZNETSOV)

 
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