A commemoration ceremony in the memory of the victims of the Bucharest anti-Jewish pogrom of January 21 – 23, 1941 was organized on Thursday by the Federation of Jewish Communities in Romania and the Jewish Community in Bucharest at the Monument of the Martyrs of the pogrom near the Great Synagogue.
In addition, a commemorative event organized online by the Federation of Jewish Communities in Romania (FCER) which was also attended by the President of the Senate, Anca Dragu and the Speaker of the Deputies’ Chamber, Ludovic Orban.
Senate President Dragu: Anti-Semitism, xenophobia and racism are topical dangers, which must be firmly countered by society
Anti-Semitism, xenophobia and racism are topical dangers, which must be firmly countered by society, Senate President Anca Dragu told the event.
According to the Senate President, “The Bucharest pogrom of January 1941 represents a reprehensible moment in our country’s history, a moment that we must assume, understand and from which to learn that democratic values and principles must be defended day by day”.
“Anti-Semitism, xenophobia and racism are topical dangers, dangers that if we do not firmly counteract, our society and all of us will suffer. Our obligation, 80 years after this tragedy, is to properly pay tribute to the memory of those who had to suffer in this dishonorable event and to make sure that this drama will always remain alive in our consciences,” she added.
Lower Chamber Speaker Orban: The anti-Jewish pogrom of January 1941 represents an unprecedented outburst of anger and cruelty
The anti-Jewish pogrom of January 1941 represents “an unprecedented outburst of anger and cruelty” in Romania’s history and no political force or movement should be allowed to push us again “to slide into recklessness and intolerance” Speaker of the Chamber of Deputies, Ludovic Orban, leader of the National Liberal Party (PNL) declared, on Thursday.
“We are commemorating these days one of the most fatal and shameful episodes in the history of 20th century Romania – the legionary rebellion and the procession of crimes and lawlessness to which 80 years ago the Jews of Bucharest’s dark times fell victim. The legionary rebellion, which marked January 21-23, 1941, the bloody end of the division of power between the Iron Guard and General Ion Antonescu, unfortunately turned the Bucharest Jewish community into a favorite target,” Ludovic Orban said on the occasion of the Commemoration of the January 1941 Anti-Jewish Bucharest Pogrom, an event organized online by the Federation of Jewish Communities in Romania (FCER).
He recalled that more than 1,100 Jewish homes and shops were then looted, six temples and synagogues devastated and defiled, houses burned, families left on the roads, “but, above all, hundreds of Jews arrested and tortured, of whom at least 120 killed with a savageness the memory of which makes us tremble.”
Photo: Facebook/FCER, Alexandru Caltia