Bearing Witness to the Holocaust: 280,000 to 380,000 Jews Dead or Deported from Romania

In December of 2008, Der Spiegel quoted a historian on Romania and the Holocaust:

“Once they had gotten a taste of the license which prevailed in the first days of the war (among the Germans),” writes Avigdor Shachan, a witness and historian of the Romanian Holocaust, in his book Burning Ice, “Romanian soldiers embarked on operations at their own initiative, engaging in murder and torture in every Jewish settlement which they passed.” Shachan quotes an address to the Romanian government by the country’s dictator, Ion Antonescu, who argued in favor of “expelling the Jews from Bessarabia and Bukovina (now, roughly, Moldova) to the other side of the border … There is nothing for them to do here and I don’t mind if we appear in history as barbarians.”

The result of this policy was a series of death marches behind the front line of German and Romanian soldiers. The number of dead and deported is impossible to determine, but a 2004 report by the Romanian government estimates the range at 280,000 to 380,000.

About Santi Tafarella

I teach writing and literature at Antelope Valley College in California.
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1 Response to Bearing Witness to the Holocaust: 280,000 to 380,000 Jews Dead or Deported from Romania

  1. Unom Nacajit says:

    Search for “History of Romania part 15 – Holocaust” on youtube to see the lies of the anti-Romanian propaganda exposed.

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