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Talking Memory series: Jewish Forced Labor in Romania, 1940-1944

Sunday, June 2 @ 2:00 pm - 3:30 pm EDT

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The Ghetto Fighters’ House invites you to a new Talking Memory series
Romanian Jewry during the Holocaust:  Filling in the Gaps

Jewish Forced Labor in Romania, 1940-1944

Opening Remarks:

Dr. Martin Ladislau Salamon

Director of the Romanian Cultural Institute, Tel Aviv

Guest Speakers:

Dr. Dallas Michelbacher

Jewish Forced Labor in Romania, 1940-1944

Greta Barak

Names and Archives: 14 Jews Sent to Forced Labor, 1943

 The third program in the series will focus on Jewish forced labor in Romania during the Holocaust.  Between 1941 and 1944, more than 100,000 Romanian Jews were conscripted into forced labor under the auspices of the Romanian military’s labor service system.

Dr. Dallas Michelbacher’s presentation will look at how these laborers worked in a wide variety of contexts, including forced labor camps, mobile forced labor battalions, and forced labor units raised within Romanian cities. They performed numerous types of labor in the interest of the Romanian state, including road and railroad construction, clearing snow from streets and railroad tracks, work in war-related industry, and tasks of direct military significance like building and repairing fortifications. The forced labor system was part of a larger program of persecution directed against Romanian Jews as part of the “Romanianization” policy pursued by Ion Antonescu’s regime, the goal of which was the complete removal of Jews from the Romanian social and economic life.

Greta Barak, an archivist at the Ghetto Fighters’ House, will present a war-time document stored in the GFH Archive: a note of the 89th Infantry Division of the Romanian Army concerning a group of 14 Jews sent to forced labour in October 1943.

The series is in participation with A.M.I.R. Organization, Romanian Cultural Institute in Tel Aviv, the Wilhelm Filderman Centre for the Study of Jewish History in Romania, the Elie Wiesel National Institute for Studying the Holocaust in Romania, Classrooms Without Borders, Johannesburg Holocaust & Genocide Center, and the Rabin Chair Forum at George Washington University.


Sunday, June 2
2:00 pm - 3:30 pm EDT
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