On 9th Nissan, 5663 , over fifty Jews were murdered, Shuls were looted, and sifrei Torah were desecrated in the Moldovan capital, Kishinev. It took the Jews of Kishinev many years to get over the after-effects of this terrible pogrom.
I found out one fall morning that I would be traveling to Kishinev, Moldova to visit eleven children’s hospitals. I was participating in a program called “Gift of Hope” with a local humanitarian aid organization.
They look like a picture-perfect family — Moshe standing next to his wife Luba, who is holding the cutest little baby in her arms. Just looking at them you could never imagine the long and arduous story they carry with them.
It’s almost ten years since I left my hometown of Kishinev, the capital of the Moldovian Republic in the former Soviet Union. I grew up in a family, which like most other Jewish families in Moldova.
Most Jewish women will never see the inside of a prison, but Alla A. spends her days and nights inside a jail cell in Kishinev, Moldova. A repeat offender, she spends more of her life inside prison than out. A terrible tragedy…