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Researching my great-uncle Sergiu Godeanu #romania


skurbanowski@...
 

My great uncle on my mother's side was Sergiu Godeanu (born Goldenzweig in Bucharest, Romania in 1896). I have found only one reference to a Sergiu Godeanu here on JewishGen and nowhere else.
I know that he was imprisoned for being a political activist as well as being Jewish, and the reference states that there was a Sergiu Godeanu at Targu Jiu internment camp in the 1940s / 1950s. I do not know why he changed his name.
When he was released (date?) he emigrated to Israel and lived in Bat Yam, near Tel Aviv. I do not know when he died.
Any more information would be greatly appreciated.
Stefan Kurbanowski


Valentin Lupu
 

Sergiu Godeanu was born in May 15, 1897 in Bucharest to Rita and Nathan Goldenberg (not Goldenzweig). This data is from his criminal file during the communist regime in Romania. Sergiu was a successful lawyer during interwar period (there are many announces in "Monitorul Oficial" regarding his professional activity). In the very anti-Semitic Romania , the change to a Romanian family name was essential for a successful professional career. His internement at Targu Jiu prison was a result of the anti-Jewish laws during WWII, not for any political reasons. Sergiu was arrested In 1952 for the "crime of high treason". His real crime was the fact that he worked as a lawyer at the British Consulate in Bucharest. The sentence from 1954 was 12 years imprisonment in one of the most ferocious communist prisons, Pitesti. In 1962 Sergiu was pardoned and set free.

Valentin Lupu
ISRAEL
P.S. I am sending the documents (in Romanian) to your private email .


Valentin Lupu
 

Hi Stefan,
I forgot to mention in my first post: Sergiu's spouse was Anna Cogan ( a Slavic variant  for Cohen).
Valentin Lupu
ISRAEL