Romania SIG #Romania (Romania) Yiddish Theater Alive in Modern Romania #romania

Jan Meisels Allen

The New York Times published an article on Yiddish Theater in Romania. The
Romanian Yiddish theater is one of the few professional Yiddish-language
theaters left in Europe. Romania had the first Jewish theater founded in the
1870s in the city of Iasi. The theater in the article is in
Bucharest-established in 1940 and remained open throughout World War ll
despite the Romanian Jews sent to labor camps. Much of the old Jewish
section was destroyed during the reign of Nicolae Ceausescu during his reign
in the mid-late 20th century. The theater was not destroyed but left almost
in ruins. The Jewish population of Bucharest was essentially gone by the
late 1980's-leaving after the Ceausescu regime fell. The Jewish population
today for Romania is less than 11,000, whereas pre-World War ll was about

To read the article see:
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Jan Meisels Allen
Chairperson, IAJGS Public Records Access Monitoring Committee

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