Re: Did persons cross between Bessarabia and Moldavia/Romania? #bessarabia

Yefim Kogan

Hi Richard, hi everybody,

I received many replies to my posting and want to thank all who responded.

Here is what I know about people crossing the borders.
It all depends of what period you are talking about.
from 1812-1917 Bessarabia was part of Russian Empire, except for 2 counties
of Ismail and Kahul was taken back to Moldavian Principality >from 1856 and
returned to Russia 1878.
I suggest you to read an article about this region >from 15-19 c, I wrote a
while ago:
f You can find a few more historical articles at our Bessarabia SIG website
/ History of Jews section.

In my opinion the borders were not easy to cross during Russian period. One
note though, several historians point that in 1812 when Russians started to
rule, many people crossed the border to Moldavia Principality, including
Jews. According to several sources in 1812 20,000 Jews lived in Bessarabia
or 5,000 families. I am not sure that these numbers are correct. We may
want to revise them later.

from 1918-1940 Bessarabia became part of Romania, and in this period many
many Jews moved to Romania to work, to study in Universities. I know people
who moved >from Bessarabia to Yassy to get a better job. My mother's family
lived in Tarutino, Bessarabia and in 1925 moved to Galatz because my
grandfather got a job in his cousin's store, and in 1931 moved back to
Bessarabia because the business was bankrupt.

Also might be interesting, when Russians invaded again Bessarabia in June of
1940, many Jews decided to move back >from Romania to Bessarabia. It is
understandable because of the fascists government of Romania.

After the war ended in 1945, there was a short period when people could
cross the border >from the Soviet Union to Romania, but it was closed in

All the best,
Yefim Kogan
Bessarabia SIG Coordinator
Bendery, Tarutino, Akkerman, Kiliya - all in Bessarabia, KHAIMOVICH in
Galatz, Romania, KOGAN in Dubossary, Moldova, SRULEVICH in Shanghai, China

-----Original Message-----
From: Richard Levine []
Sent: Thursday, December 12, 2013 11:27 AM
To: Bessarabia SIG
Subject: RE: Did persons cross between Bessarabia and Moldavia/Romania?

The part that confuses me the most is whether persons crossed over between
Bessarabia and Moldavia/Romania. I know that some of my ancestors
(CONFELDT/DORFMAN/WINNER) almost definitely came to America >from Kishinev,
Bessarabia. I do not know how long their roots had been in Bessarabia.
Although I am not sure I will ever be able to research their roots back to
before 1812, I have wondered if people back around then crossed over from
Romania (Yassy for example) to live in Bessarabia (Kishinev, for example) or
vice-versa. In other words, was the border extremely difficult to cross
after 1812? Did people even care to move >from Romania to Bessarabia or back
the other way?

Richard S. Levine
Clearwater, Florida
DORFMAN, WINNER, OXMAN, ZEKMAN...families >from Bessarabia (possibly
SENDLER...>from Brzeziny and Lodz; LEVINE, FORMAN...>from Pereyaslav (and/or
possibly Odessa), Ukraine

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