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St. Petersburg Jews Mark Holocaust Remembrance Day

ST. PETERSBURG -- St. Petersburg's Jewish community has observed Yom Hashoah or Holocaust Remembrance Day, RFE/RL's Russian Service reports.

Aleksandr Frenkel, the director of the Jewish Community Center in St. Petersburg, told RFE/RL that Holocaust Remembrance Day is marked each year on the 27th of the month of Nissan according to the Jewish calendar, which this year is April 21.

Frenkel said this year's Yom Hashoah coincides with the 66th anniversary of the Jewish armed resistance to Nazi troops in the Warsaw Ghetto.

More than 120 survivors of the Nazi concentration camps gathered at St. Petersburg's Jewish Cultural House, and special morning events were held at the city’s Jewish schools and synagogues.

There are estimated to be a few hundred thousand Jews in Russia, down from more than 1 million in 1989.