Ignored genocides : The Romanians

6 Apr

Within the accomplices of the German murderers in WWII, several countries noted for their desire and cruelty to collaborate, by act or omission, in the extermination of innocents, the Baltic countries, Hungary, Poland, Western Ukraine, Croatia but one that it has been almost ignored between this bunch of murderers and it´s Romania.

Romania 1941



Romania, an ally of Nazi Germany from 1940 to 1944, had a Jewish population of about 757,000 before World War II. Extreme antisemitic tendencies, long evident in the country, escalated on the eve of the war.

Jews distribution in “Greater Romania”

In June 1941, in the weeks following the invasion of the USSR by Nazi Germany and the Romanian army (under the dictatorship of Ion Antonescu), the Romanian army, with the partial cooperation of Einsatzgruppe D and some of the local population, massacred 100,000-120,000 of the Jewish population of Bessarabia and North Bukovina (areas annexed by the USSR from Romania in June 1940). The slaughter was carried out on the orders of Marshal Ion Antonescu, the fascist dictator of Romania. Similar massacres were carried out by the Romanian army in Western Ukraine and especially in the city of Odessa. Prior to this, Romanian soldiers, police and civilians slaughtered 15,000 Jews in the city of Iasi and carried out pogroms against the Jews of other cities in Romanian territory.

In Summer-Autumn 1941on the orders of the Romanian authorities, survivors of the massacre in Bessarabia and North Bukovina together with Jews from South Bukovina and the Dorohoi region (which were part of Romania) were brutally deported to the ghettoes and death camps of Transnistria in West Ukraine, a largely unsettled area between the Dniester and Bug rivers that Nazi Germany had ceded to Romania in return for its participation in the war against the Soviet Union. From the time of their deportation to Transnistria until their liberation by the Red Army in March 1944, 120,000 of the deportees perished as a result of murder, hypothermia, starvation and epidemics. This in addition to the tens of thousands of the local Jews in Transnistria who were victims of the Romanian invasion.

Massacres sites

In total, 380,000 – 400,000 Jews, including the Jews of Transnistria, were murdered in Romanian-controlled areas under the dictatorship of Antonescu.

Jews in Romania

In the archives of the city of Chernivtsi, historian Serhiy Osatschuk made a sensational discovery: 213 letters written in the late 1941 by prisoners of Transnistria. Desperate cries for help smuggled captured by the Romanian authorities, archived … and forgotten. The letters have now been published by the historian Benjamin Grilj entitled “Black Milk”.

“We knew what was going on in Transnistria, familiars of Bessarabia were there. We arrived cards, not by mail, of course. I remember a German officer who brought us home in exchange for money, “says Bursug, offering me more papers and documents.

“Shaken by the news from the camps in Transnistria, we expected the worst. On October 11, 1941 ordered that all Jews in the city were confined to their poorest neighborhood, where about five thousand people lived in 24 hours occurred. Who found no roof over their heads, had to sleep under the stars “.

Jews driven from their homes and forced to wash the blood of Jewish patio stones Police Station


Another testimony : Leizer Finchelstein, 88 years old in 2011.

At 17 and a half years old then, was arrested along with his parents and eight brothers and sisters.

When they are taken to the police prefecture, seen in the streets “blood and many bodies”, told AFP this tall, blue-eyed man.

Then Leizer and thousands of people are forced into wagons.

In each car, which could hold 40 people were huddled around 120 people. The holes are plugged, in broad daylight in midsummer. Deportees are forced to drink their own urine, to squeeze their shirts to get some sweat.

“Men were dying like flies. There are no words to describe this horror, “says Leizer. Hours later, landed in the village of Podu Iloaiei near Iasi: “It did not look human. It is as if emergiéramos Dante’s Inferno “.

Leizer was imprisoned in a camp but managed to work for an Orthodox Christian carpenter who appreciated his abilities. After returning to Iasi, would be sent a few months later to a forced labor camp.

After being liberated by the Russians, Leizer can go home


But no one learns from history and genocidal countries less :

A Holocaust denier in the government of Romania

Dan Sova

7 August 2012.-The appointment of Dan Sova as Minister of Relations with Parliament by the Prime Minister of Romania, the Social Democrat Victor Ponta, has shocked Tuesday to the Jewish community because of its denial of the Romanian Holocaust.

“This appointment may be regarded as a moment of mourning in our history,” said the president of the Federation of the Jewish Community of Romania, Deputy Aurel Vainer, who has shown angered by this decision: “I’d wear a black armband in the hand “. “It is difficult to accept that a young person legally qualified and BA in History with such insolence to declare that there was no Holocaust in Romania,” he explained Vainer.

The new minister refused in March before the television cameras the pogrom of Iasi, where between 13,000 and 15,000 Romanian Jews, 45,000 residing in this city, were settled by the pro-Nazi regime of Ion Antonescu in few days between June 28 and July 6, 1941

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