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Jewish Life in Bucharest at the Time of the Holocaust
Jewish Life in Bucharest at the Time of the Holocaust

(A Research Based on the Survivors' Diaries)

Author(s): Adina Babeș
Subject(s): History
Published by: Institutul National pentru Studierea Holocaustului din Romania ELIE WIESEL
Keywords: Jewish life; Jewish community; Diaries; antisemitic measures and events; Pogroms; Holocaust

Summary/Abstract: A long list of laws, decisions, and decrees with impact on the Jewish population of Romania has been enacted between 1940 and 1944. Moreover, brutal actions towards the Jews, violent pogroms, and significant isolations, ghettoizations, and deportations took place throughout that period. Their impact made the subject of a considerable number of researches and studies. In this study, I am particularly interested in presenting the results of a research that investigated the impact on the Jewish life in Bucharest and on how the Jewish community responded to all that. I am particularly interested in seeing how that is reflected in the diaries that focused on the period in question. Through their personal and informal approaches, those diaries bring to the public a complementary understanding of the topic. From bringing charity under the form of food or medical assistance to making use of their official positions and approaching the state leaders, the Jewish leaders tried to cover as much as possible from the personal to the professional life of the community members.

  • Issue Year: VII/2015
  • Issue No: 08
  • Page Range: 15-28
  • Page Count: 14
  • Language: English