14 May 2019, 17:41

In Crimea concert to be held in historic madrasa on the Day of Remembrance for Victims of Deportation of Crimean Tatars

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On May 18, the Day of Remembrance of the Victims of the Deportation of Crimean Tatars, a concert of the Crimean “State Philharmonic” chamber orchestra will be performed on the annexed peninsula in the historic Zyndzhirly-Madrasa near Bakhchysarai, which will perform works by Mozart, Tchaikovsky and Glinka, Voice of Islam reports.

A special time added to a special place – firstly, Ramadan, secondly, the Day of Memory of the deportation of the Crimean Tatars. That is, while the observing Crimean Tatars will perform their iftar and make duas for their forcibly expelled ancestors, they will listen to Tchaikovsky and Glinka in the walls of madrasa. However, madrasa is used to this, the Tavrichesky Evangel choir regularly organizes its concerts there, – the article says.

The correspondent of the Voice of Islam compared this event with a rap party in the walls of an Orthodox church.

The scheduled event caused discussions in social networks. Users expressed their discontent and pointed to the attitude of the authorities towards the Crimean Tatars in Crimea, it was also noted that this event would be like “fiddle while Rome is burning”.

Zyndzhirly-madrasa (in translation: madrasa with a chain) is the only historical madrasa in the Crimea that survived the Soviet period, it was built near Bakhchysarai in 1500 by Khan Mengli Gerai. It got its name because of the chain hanging above the entrance door, thanks to which everyone entering the madrasa has to bow their heads. In Ukraine, this madrasa is considered a cultural heritage monument at the national level. For the Crimean Muslims, it is a monument of spiritual culture, the heart of the Crimean Tatar Islamic scholarship. In 1914, the great Crimean-Tatar enlightener Ismail Gasprinsky was buried on the territory of the madrasa.

Anniversary of the deportation of the Crimean Tatars and other peoples of the Crimea is annually marked on May 18. It was on this day in 1944 at four in the morning that the deportation began. The Soviet government accused the Crimean Tatar people in collaboration with Nazi Germany during World War II. All the Crimean Tatars who remained on the peninsula were taken to Central Asia and the Urals. Only on the way to exile and in the first year after the deportation more than 30 thousand people died.