50 Years of Silence
History and Voices
of the Tragedy in Romania and Transnistria
The Soviets never recognized the Romanian
annexation of territories in 1918. Therefore,
in June 1940, the Soviet Union issued an
ultimatum to Romania demanding the return of
Bessarabia and northern Bucovina. Romanians,
feeling humiliated, met this ultimatum with
anger. Well-cultivated and perverse propaganda
against the Jews rekindled old anti-Semitic
feelings. "The Jews are to blame, they have
insulted the Romanian army". Thus, the anger
and humiliation felt by the Romanians was
deflected onto an easy target -- the Jews.
During 1940-1941, anti-Jewish decrees and
inflammatory propaganda provided the context in
which vicious murders and horrible pogroms were
staged in many areas with Jewish population.
The brutality of some of those pogroms is
briefly described below.
This was the prelude to Transnistria!
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