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October 20, 2020

Commemoration ceremony for victims of January 1941 pogrom

The Federation of Jewish Communities in Romania (FCER) has organized on Thursday within the Jewish Cemetery a commemoration ceremony for the victims of the pogrom that the legionnaires committed during their rebellion (January 21-23, 1941). ‘Today we commemorate the 125 Jews killed in the pogrom in Bucharest. This pogrom represents one stage in the series of events in which regular people fell victim to actions that have no justification,’ Oren David, Israel’s ambassador to Bucharest, stated. He added that the January 21-23, 1941 pogrom is an episode of the tragedy that Europe’s Jews, including the Romanian Jews, suffered during the dark period of the Second World War. ‘We have insisted on conducting the commemoration here in order for these graves to be seen, graves that some deniers dare to continue claiming they do not exist,’ Paul Schwartz, the Vice President of FCER, stated in his turn. He added that according to official documents a total of 236 persons were killed (of which 125 Jews) and 254 were injured in Bucharest, with 117 being killed and 73 injured in other parts of the country. At the same time, Paul Schwartz stated that 21 soldiers were killed and 53 were wounded. ‘The total number of deaths caused by the legionnaire’s rebellion and pogrom stands at 374, with 380 persons being injured,’ the Vice President of FCER stated.

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