Corpses of dozens of Jews killed in 1941 buried in Iasi

The corpses of dozens of Jews killed in 1941 and dumped into common graves in the Iasi locality of Popricani were buried at the Jewish Cemetery in Iasi, yesterday, in the presence of high representatives of the Jewish community in Romania and abroad, as well as local authorities.

The religious ceremony was officiated by seven rabies from Romania, Great Britain and USA, Mediafax reports. The Ambas­sador of Israel in Romania, Dan Ben Eliezer, also attended. The corpses of dozens of Jews shot in 1941 were discovered in several common graves in Popricani last autumn, following the investigation commenced by a team made up of historians and archaeologists, based on testimonies of the locals.
The digging revealed bone fragments, skulls and cartridge shells. Researcher Adrian Cioflanca from the ‘A.D. Xe­nopol’ Iasi History Institute said the Jews were made dig their own graves, after whish they were undressed, executed and dumped into the common graves.

According to him, only in Popricani there were several hundred victims, with eye-witnesses stating that the massacre was connected to the Iasi pogrom that began at the end of June 1941.

A press release of the Federation of the Jewish Com­munity in Romania, the Jewish Community of Iasi and the ‘Elie Wiesel’ National Institute for the Study of the Holocaust in Romania, sent on Monday, states that ‘the finalisation of those painful facts of history, when completely innocent people whose only fault was that they were born Jewish were killed, is an argument against human enmity on grounds of ethnicity or religion’. In the same communiqué, the representatives of the Jewish community appreciate the steps taken by Justice Minister Catalin Predoiu towards the completion of investigations into the case.

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