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Rumanian Jewry Observes 25th Anniversary of Massacre of Jassy Jews

Jewish visitors from all parts of Rumania and virtually the entire Jassy Jewish community took part in a memorial ceremony on the 25th anniversary of the slaughter of 11, 000 Jassy Jews in a 1941 massacre during the German occupation.

The pogrom took place at the instigation of the Gestapo but was carried out by Fascist gangs of the Antonius pro-Nazi regime. Chief Rabbi Moses Rosen said in his sermon that the 500 year history of the Jews in Jassy had come to a tragic finale in the pogrom.

He said the present Government had punished the killers and created conditions which secured the liberty of the Rumanian Jewish people. A collective Prayer for the Dead was recited for the victims. Services also were held at the mass graves of Jewish victims in two neighboring towns. At the Jewish cemetery of Roman, the site of another mass grave, a monument was unveiled to 370 victims buried there.

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