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המסמך תורגם על ידי הלן דרג'ניה ולאה גוטליב, חברות במשלחת.
To: Mr. N Dznelatze, Head of Samteredia district.
From: Sh. A. Shotashvili, Head of Georgian synagogues
You know that the way to becoming a democratic republic is full of people trying to stop it. There are many criminals. They open graves and steel bodies for ransom. This has happened every day.
It's happening everywhere in Georgia, and has happened in Kulashi too. The Jewish families in Kulashi are in the worst situation, more than the other population around.
We know that the police has already caught lots of these outlaws and put them in prison, but they are too few. It feels to us as if we are under Hitler's régime. There seems to be no one who can help us.
In fact, many families have already left Georgia and gone to Israel, but they did not necessarily want to. We want to stay here. We consider Georgia our country, just as other people here do. We feel we have no choice but to leave for Israel or Russia and leave our houses and parent's graves behind.
We would like to tell you about some events:
1. Everybody knows the great Dudu Moshe Michaelashvili, son of Shota, head of the cardiology department. Mr. Michaelashvili had to have surgery in New York. He returned home to discover his house was burned while he was away. After that incident Mr. Michaelashvili lived in Kulashi for two more years. During those years, his house was broken into and all his belongings where stolen. They even stole a bed and other heavy furniture. His furniture was so heavy, that when it was bought it was very hard to carry it in. It is very hard for us to understand who stole it and how they did it. It took the family three days to clean up after the incident, and we found no clues as to how it might have happened.
2. In 1992 a bed and a refrigerator were stolen from a Jewish family that lives on Kiron St. It was the house of Ilia Mushiashvili, son of Besion. The criminals were armed with guns.
3. Ilia Boterashvili, head of the cardiology department had to ravel to Moskow. While he was away his house was stripped of its content. Even the windows were stolen.
There are many more incidents and it is not necessary to tell them all. We feel no one can help us. The main reason for writing this letter is that the outlaws are damaging and contaminating our synagogues and our cemetery.
In 1991 and 1992 a bible written on skin was stolen. This bible is the most important thing that we keep in a synagogue. They also stole two air conditioners. We use them every day for praying. Our synagogues are our pride.
On the 8th of January, 1993 a bath and some electricity cables were stolen. On the 12th or 14th an engine was stolen from within the cemetery boundaries. On the 20th a few toilets were broken and four doors were stolen. The next day some parts of the central heating were stolen worth almost 4,000 Maneti. On the 25th a big garden gate was stolen worth 10-15 thousand Maneti.
In 1992 a fence and a few Granite tombstones and were stolen from the Miriliashvili, Boterashvili, Mishiko and Batashvili families graves.
There are many stories like these. Now, some Jewish families still live in Kulashi, and the thieves have stolen everything, not only our money and property, but our spiritual belief too.
There is no one who can help us. The police did nothing. We can't leave our houses at night, - too many strangers are walking our streets in groups, and we don't know what they are doing in Kulashi.
We ask you, Mr. Dzenelatze, to help us:
1. To interrogate and find all the crimes that have been committed, and return our belongings.
2. You know in Georgia there is a society for protecting important architectural buildings. They protect all Georgian Churches. The Jewish community has lived in Kulashi for 26 centuries, but this organization doesn't think it should protect our synagogues.
We ask you to declare our synagogues as an important building. Our cemetery is also important, as it tells the story of the Jewish and Georgian history.
We ask you to help us urgently. We have no time. Every hour is important, and we ask you for a quick reply. If you don't help us, we will ask the parliament of Georgia or the Israeli Consulate and the Israeli government.
Kulashi Jewish community of Georgia