Romania and Anti-Semitism
Before World War II the Jewish population in Romania consisted of
approximately of 800,000 Jews. At the end of World War II, at the end of that horrendous
catastrophe, only 400,000 Jews remained
in Romania. It was not unusual for them to exist unobtrusively and to be
scattered in small towns in that country. They
attempted to live a peaceful life, to work hard, to earn their livelihood, and
to make themselves as invisible as possible, to avoid unpleasantries, and to
minimize any differences in looks and practices with their neighbors. Today
there are only between seven and nine thousand of their co-religionists in
Romania, since the others left for Israel
and wherever else they could enter. Those
few who are still there are generally the elderly, who need assistance and have
nowhere to escape.
The official number of Jewish people exterminated during the Second World
War was enormous. It was not only Germans that were the murderers.
Romania was one of the countries that enjoyed exterminating their Jewish
population with as sadistic measures that they could find.
They enjoyed robbing them of their last possessions and denying them so
much as a morsel of bread. The military ruler was Marshall Ion Antonescu, a
loyal supporter of Adolf Hitler, who encouraged the killing of as many Jews as
possible through forced labor camps.
The sparse number of Jews that
remained in Romania are scattered throughout that country. If they could have done so, they would have left and escaped
from that anti-Semitic country. There
is still the envy and falsehood that the Jews have all the businesses, the
wealth, that they killed “Jesus,” and any other negative and prejudicial
feeling and hatred that they can express, project, and conjure up. Whatever Jews have the opportunity to escape that land will
do so by disappearing, leaving not only for Israel but escaping
to Canada, the United States of America, or any other place that will
allow them entrance. It must be
remembered that the escapees speak Romanian and have a very difficult time with
learning their new environment, a foreign language, the mores and culture,
especially since they are elderly and not infrequently depend on their relatives
when they arrive in a foreign land and must remain in their unfamiliar
environment for the rest of their existence.
Their independence is robbed by the anti-Semites that have caused their
Anti-Semitism is still “alive"
in Romania. The fact that there
were and are anti-Semitic incidents still in the year 2014 is unfortunate,
especially since the Jewish population is almost nonexistent.
There is still the denial of the Holocaust and the Romanian participation
with gusto of the destruction of the Jewish people, the theft of all of their
possessions, and the brutal criminality
committed against their Jewish neighbors.