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Rabbi Moshe Greenberg, Jewish educator who survived Soviet Gulag, dies at 84

JERUSALEM — 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.

Chabad Lubavitch, the Hasidic movement of which Rabbi Greenberg was a member, said he died Tuesday.

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Chabad said Rabbi 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 for seven years to a Siberian labor camp, where he continued Jewish traditions.

In 1967, he moved to Israel.

He leaves 17 children.

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