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Victims of 1938 repression to be honored in Simferopol mosque

Victims of 1938 repression to be honored in Simferopol mosque

Source : islam.ru / 11 Apr 2013

A tragic event happened with the Crimean Tatars on 17 April some 75 years ago. Soviet authorities organized a lynch of Crimean Tatar intellectuals: scholars, politicians, writers and cultural workers. Thus the government tried to "decapitate" the Crimean Tatar nation, killing the “best sons” of the nation. In connection with this event annual meetings are held in Crimea for making dua (supplication) and remembering those deceased in the repression, Islam in Ukraine news agency reports.

This year, as in the past, the dua will be held at the central mosque of Simferopol, city in southern Ukraine. Except dua organizers plan to hold a brief historical excursion into those “dark years” when a whole generation of Crimean Tatar political figures, devotees of science and culture were arrested. The event will take place on April 17 at 16.00 in the Kebir Jami (4 Kurchatova Street, Simferopol)

April 17, 1938 – is one of the “black dates” in the history of the Crimean Tatars, when visiting inspection of the Military Collegium of the USSR Supreme Court sentenced to death the best representatives of the Crimean Tatar intelligentsia. Among them: the poet Abdullah Latif Zadeh, writers Hasan Sabri Aivazov, Osman Akchokrakly, Jafer Gafarov, Ilyas Tarhan and many other notable figures. The names of dozens of talented poets and writers were removed from the literary process, it is a large loss to the Crimean Tatar literature, art and culture. This tragic period of the Crimean Tatars history was a unique preparation for even more tragic test - the deportation of the Crimean Tatars on 18 May 1944.                                        

 

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