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300,000 Jews Put Under Soviet Rule by Cession of Rumanian Areas

More than half of Europe’s nine-and-a-half million Jews–roughly 5,180,000, with today’s cession of Bessarabia and northern Bukowina by Rumania to Russia–are now under Soviet domination.

There are some 250,000 Jews in Bessarabia and approximately 50,000 in northern Bukowina. Bessarabia’s principal city, Chisinau (Kishinev), has a Jewish population of 45,000, while Cornauti (Czernowitz) in Bukowina has some 40,000.

Approximate Jewish populations for other Soviet-dominated territories are: Soviet Russia, 3,000,000; Soviet Poland, 1,500,000; Lithuania, 280,000; Latvia, 95,000, and Estonia, 5,000.