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20 years on, Russians in Germany flocking to big cities

URL: http://www.jewishjournal.com/world/article/20_years_on_russians_in_germany_flocking_to_big_cities_20110124

When Yuri Rosov immigrated to Germany from Ukraine’s Crimean Peninsula in 1997, the city in which he ended up, Rostock, had no synagogue, no infrastructure and virtually no money. Rosov now heads that Jewish community in the former East Germany, which has about 700 members, nearly all of them Russian speakers. “We have a synagogue and a strong community,” said Rosov, 50, who works for the Maccabee sports association. In recent years, however, a new challenge has emerged that threatens the future of the Rostock Jewish community and many other similar ones across Germany populated mostly by Russian-speaking Jewish immigrants and their families: Young people are leaving.

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