by Toby Axelrod

Gathering Strength in Berlin

She held the Shabbat prayer book in her hand, but Inna Astvatsatryan could barely read it through her tears. This was Astvatsatryan’s first visit to Berlin from Armenia, her first Bet Debora conference. “Like most Soviet people, I didn’t believe in God.” Astvatsatryan, who chairs the women’s club of the Jewish Community of Armenia, later said. “But at that moment, I really believed that God saved me and saved my family.”

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