The Kishinev Ghetto, 1941–1942
A Documentary History of the Holocaust in Romania's Contested Borderlands
280 Pages, 6.00 x 9.00 x 1.10 in, 21 B&W figures - 1 map
- Published: September 2015
- Published: September 2015
The Kishinev Ghetto, 1941–1942 sheds new light on the little-known historical events surrounding the creation, administration, and liquidation of the Kishinev (Chisinau) ghetto during the first months following the Axis attack on the Soviet Union (Operation Barbarossa) in late June 1941. Mass killings during the combined Romanian-German drive toward Kishinev in Bessarabia, after a year of Soviet rule in this Romanian border province, were followed by the shooting of thousands of Jews on the streets of the city during the first days of reestablished Romanian administration. Survivors were driven into a ghetto, persecuted, and liquidated by year’s end. The Kishinev Ghetto, 1941–1942 is the first major study of these events.
Often overshadowed by events in Germany and Poland, the history of the Holocaust in Romania, including what took place in Bessarabia (corresponding in large part with the territory of the modern Republic of Moldova), was obscured during decades of communist rule by denial and by policies that blocked access to wartime documentation. This book is the result of a lengthy research project that began with Paul A. Shapiro’s missions to Romania for the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum to negotiate access to these documents.
The volume includes:
· A preface describing the origin of the project in the immediate aftermath of the Ceausescu regime in Romania.
· A hundred-page study setting the events of the book within the historical context of Eastern European antisemitism, Romanian-Soviet conflict over control of Bessarabia, and Romania’s alliance with Nazi Germany.
· A thoughtfully curated collection of archival documents linked to the study.
· A chronology of related historical events.
· Twenty-one black and white photographs and a map of the ghetto.
Students and scholars of Holocaust history, Judaic studies, twentieth-century Eastern European history, Romania, Moldova, and historical Bessarabia will want to own this important, revealing volume.
Published in association with the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum
Note on the Citation and Translation of the Documents
The Chisinau (Kishinev) Ghetto, 1941–1942: Creation, Administration, Liquidation
Paul A. Shapiro
Prologue: Documenting the Tragedy
“Curatirea Terenului”: Cleansing the Terrain
Chisinau Ghetto: Creation and Administration
Population of the Ghetto
The Massacres of Visterniceni and Ghidighici
Control of Ghetto Access and Egress
Final Preparations, Final Appeals
Liquidation of the Chisinau Ghetto
The Final Extortion: Corruption from the Top Down
"Organized Plunder": Theft of Jewish Property and State Confiscations
Cleaning Up: Final Acts and Final Inhumanities, 1942
The End: Transnistria
Chronology of the Chisinau Ghetto and the Romanian Occupation of Bessarabia, 1941–1942
Brewster Chamberlin and Radu Ioanid