Moldova

  • Third of Jewish Population in Bessarabia Exterminated; Savage Pogroms Reported

    Almost one-third of the entire Jewish population of the province of Bessarabia was exterminated in the course of the fierce Rumanian-Soviet fighting there and in the savage pogroms which followed the Rumanian conquest of the province, it was learned here today on receipt of a report by neutral authorities whose identities cannot be disclosed. The… More ▸

  • Rumania Plans to Oust Remaining Bessarabian Jews

    A warning to all Bessarabian-born Jews still residing in Rumania to be ready to leave for Soviet-held Bessarabia has been issued by the Rumanian Government, it was reported here today. The report adds that negotiations are being conducted between the Rumanian and Soviet governments for repatriation to Bessarabia of some 14,000 Jews affected by the… More ▸

  • More Jews Ousted from Jobs in Rumania; Emigration to Bessarabia Continues

    Emigration of Bessarabians from “Old Rumania” continues and is helping to wipe out the economic burden created by the influx of refugees. By July 30, according to an official announcement, 38,442 persons, mostly Jews and industrial workers, left Rumania and entered Soviet-occupied Bessarabia by the bridge over the River Pruth at Galatz. Allowings for the… More ▸

  • Many Bessarabian Jews Given 5 Days to Quit Rumania

    No official confirmation was available today of a report over the Rome radio that the Rumanian Government is planning to order the expulsion of all Jews originating from Bessarabia. Nevertheless, it is understood that in recent days a large number of Bessarabian Jews have received orders from the Ministry of Interior to leave the country… More ▸

  • Rumania Orders Bessarabian Jews to Go Back

    The Rumanian Ministry of the Interior has ordered all Jewish refugees from Russian-occupied territory to leave Rumania within five days, the New York Times reported today. Violators will either be interned or expelled from the country. More ▸

  • Soviet to Recognize Jews’ Minority Status in Occupied Zone

    The Moscow wireless reported today that the Soviet authorities had recognized the minority status of the Jews in annexed Bessarabia and North Bukowina and had given the Yiddish press permission to resume publication. (There are about 300,000 Jews in the occupied territory.) The Moscow report said Jewish papers were appearing in Cernauti (Czernowitz), Chisinau (Kishinev)… More ▸

  • Atrocity Tales Disproved; 30,000 Jews Fled Bessarabia

    From every quarter today facts were emerging to give the lie to tales in recent days of “Jewish atrocities,” apparently spread with the intention of making the Jews a scapegoat for the population’s feelings over the Soviet occupation of Bessarabia and North Bukowina. Nicu Flondor, Royal Resident in Bukowina, who was reported assassinated in Cernauti… More ▸

  • Train Service to Bessarabia Halted

    A United Press dispatch from Bucharest today said that the Government, acting to suppress the flight of the Jews and avoid further clashes such as reportedly occurred at Galati, had suspended train service to Bessarabia. The U.P. said the rush of Jews into Bessarabia and away from Rumania assumed “almost panicky proportions when the Russian… More ▸

  • 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… More ▸

  • Rumanian Supreme Court Upholds Citizenship Revision Law

    The Supreme Court today upheld the constitutionality of the Citizenship Revision Law of 1938, under which a total of 225,222 Jews have been deprived of Rumanian citizenship. Rejecting the appeal of a Jew who had been denationalized under the law, the Court ruled that neither the 1938 measure nor any other Rumanian legislation contradicted the… More ▸