NEW YORK (Jul. 5)
Thousands of Lubavitcher hassidim here crowded the Lubavitcher Center in Brooklyn celebrating the “12th of Tammuz,” the date when the late Lubavitcher Rebbe, Rabbi Joseph I. Schneersohn, was liberated from Soviet prison in 1927. He had been arrested and sentenced to death for openly preaching his religious views, but was released due to the intervention of leading foreign statesmen.
A special address on the “miraculous liberation” of the Rebbe — who later came to the United States and who died in New York in 1950 — was delivered at the celebration by the present Lubavitcher Rebbe, Rabbi Menachem M. Schneersohn, The Lubavitcher movement exists in many countries and maintains day schools there.