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Heavy Rain Reveals Remains of Romanian Jewish Cemetery Destroyed in 1943 #romania


Jan Meisels Allen
 

A pit that rainfall exposed at a former Jewish cemetery in Iasi, Romania in October 2020, (©Dan Acostioaiei)

 

Heavy rainfall in northeastern Romania exposed an underground chamber full of headstones from a Jewish cemetery that was destroyed in 1943. The cave is in Tatarasi Park in Iasi. This is near the site where Nazi allies stole

thousands of headstones from the ancient Ciurchi Street Jewish Street cemetery. Historian Adrian Cioflancc said the oldest documented graves in the cemetery date to 1467.

 

The pogrom in Iasi in 1941 murdered 15,000 Jews.

 

The cemetery, which had more than 20,000 graves, was razed on orders from Ion Antonescu, Romania’s wartime prime minister.

 

The Jews of Bucharest were allowed to move thousands of bodies to another cemetery, but thousands more were desecrated. The headstones removed were used as construction material on orders from Iasi’s mayor, Constantin Ifrim.

 

See: https://www.jta.org/quick-reads/heavy-rain-reveals-remains-from-romanian-jewish-cemetery-destroyed-by-fascists

 

Jan Meisels Allen

Chairperson, IAJGS Public Records Access Monitoring Committee