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RE: Moldova National Archives lists of Bessarabian Jews at USHMM
Yes, I found in this archive a list of Jews interned in Cahul Camp.
Originally, I wrote USHMM and they e-mailed me the document in
about 2 or 3 weeks. I still had some questions, so about a
year later, when I found myself in Washington DC, I visited the
USHMM and retreived the same document again, as well as a few
additional documents. None were translated, I had to do that myself,
but most of the documents were in Romanian (i.e. Latin alphabet),
and most of the information on the lists were names, which really
just need to be transcribed, not translated.
The original document, and a translation can be viewed on the
JewishGen Leova ShtetLinks site:
The staff at the USHMM archive were very helpful.
Joel D. Waters
Subject: Moldova National Archive lists of Bessarabian Jews at USHMM
Date: Mon, 15 Nov 2010 12:58:21 -0500
Has anyone had success locating or using the original Romanian documents >from the
Moldova National Archives described in the US Holocaust Memorial Museum's Name
At this site, I clicked on "Simple Search" at the top of the page, then typed in
"Orhei" and checked the box for the variant name search. An impressive list of
official documents holding information about the fate of Bessarabian Jews during
the war appeared, most >from RG-54.001M, National Archives of Moldova.
Among several lists of Bessarabian Jews in camps, ghettos, or deported to
Transnistria, I find this one for Orhei, for example: "List of Jewish residents
from Orhei city between the age of 1-15 years old" created by the Orhei PoliceDepartment, 2 pages of "moderately legible text" in Romanian.
Details of this record includes these notes:
"List indicates gender and age. Although the word ghetto is not mention all the
Jews >from orhei were in the ghetto and later most of them deported to Transnistria."
There is also a list of those between 16 and 60, which "indicates gender,
profession, age, if valid for work or not, and street name. Although the list
does not indicates that they are in the ghetto, the previous page indicates the
number of those valid to work >from the Orhei ghetto. (An easily legible text of
And this one: "Lists of Jews in various Bessarabian towns and camps: Tighina
camp [present-day Bendery] (65 names + 88 names 72 names + 76 names), Bolgrad
(5 names) and Orhei (5 names + 131 names + 120 names + 310 names + 58 names + 99
names + 15 names + 19 names + 3 names + 78 names + 95 names + 117 names + 6
(I would include the link to these items here, but when I copy and paste them to
test them, they take me nowhere. I am not sure why this should be. Perhaps I
simply do not know how to use the USHMM archives?)
The Museum offers this note about the Moldova National Archives, Chisinau
"USHMM Archives assigns the title to this collection: 'Moldova National Archives,
Chisinau, records, [microform]' (24 microfilm reels ; 35 mm.), and a finding aid
to the whole collection is located at the U. S. Holocaust Memorial Museum
Archives reference desk."
While the lists look as if they hold crucial information, I wonder if anyone has
actually been able to use them? If so, has anyone out there translated any of
these lists? Does anyone know if these materials are being translated into
I would be glad if anyone would share their experience or specifics of any lists
they have used and translated.
Searching: SPIWAK of Orhei, Bessarabia and Mendoza, Argentina;
SCHAPOSCHNIK / ZAPOSNEK of Orhei, Kishinev, Elisavetgrad, or Mendoza, and their
related names, SHAPIN, SHAPIRO of Mendoza, Argentina, Chile, Canada, and the US.
SCHOCHETMAN of Odessa (who became SCHACHT in the US); MILSTEIN of Orhei & Kishinev.
WOLLMAN of Orhei and Kishinev; TSAREVKAN/CIRIFCAN/SARAFCONN of Orhei, Teleneshti,
Uruguay, becoming COHEN in the US. KALIK of Orhei. BELINSKY of Odessa and