Jewish educator who survived Soviet Gulag dies

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Posted: Jun 20, 2013 3:02 AM

JERUSALEM (AP) — Rabbi Moshe Greenberg, a religious educator who survived a brutal Gulag in Siberia and secretly taught Judaism under an oppressive Soviet regime, has died in Israel. He was 84.

The Hasidic Chabad Lubavitch movement in which Greenberg was a member says he died on Tuesday.

Chabad said on Thursday that Greenberg was born in Moldova. At the age of 14 he went to Uzbekistan to study Judaism at a secret seminary. The Soviets prohibited teaching Judaism.

He was caught trying to escape the Soviet Union at the end of World War II and was banished to a Siberian forced labor camp for seven years. Chabad says he kept and taught Jewish traditions in the Gulag, despite the danger.

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In 1967, he moved to Israel.

He is survived by 17 children.