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Once upon a Time in Bukovina

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A commemoration of the International Holocaust Remembrance Day

Jewish elementary school, Suceava, 1919

We continue our exploration of the history of Romanian Jewry before and after the Shoah with an event (exhibition & talk) that honors the memory of the once thriving community of Suceava, Bukovina, northern Romania, which was decimated in the killing fields of Transnistria. The fate of the innocent victims and of the survivors is told by some of the children of those who thankfully managed to return, whose testimonies have been collected in "Once upon a Time in Suceava - Bukovina", an impressive, two-volume book of oral history coordinated by Lily Pauker.

With opening remarks by Ambassador Cornel Feruță, Permanent Representative of Romania to the United Nations. Keynote remarks by Holocaust expert Dr. Diana Dumitru of Georgetown University and Dr. Marius Cazan, researcher at the "Elie Wiesel" Institute in Romania. Featuring Harry Bolner, Alina Budin, Paul Leinburd, Lily Pauker, and Eugen Weitmann (contributors to the book).

The exhibition "Once upon a Time in Bukovina", accompanied by Lily Pauker's documentary collage "October 9, 1941 – the day of deportation to Transnistria", recalls the memory of the Suceava Jews through the stories of the 56 children of the deportees who managed to escape the tragedy of Transnistria. The oral history book "Once upon a Time in Suceava - Bukovina" brings together memoirs of the descendants now scattered all over the world of the families subjected to the Transnistrian Holocaust.

Graphic concept of the exhibition by Alexandra Vacar.

This event is organized in partnership with the "Elie Wiesel" National Institute for the Study of the Holocaust in Romania.


January 27, 7 PM: Romanian Cultural Institute

New York, 200 E 38th St, New York, NY 10016

Free entrance. RSVP required.

1. Volcineti, Romania, Deportation of Jews to Transnistria across the Dniester River, at Volcineti, 1942 // Source: Yad Vashem - The World Holocaust Remembrance Center

2. Moghilev Podolski, Ukraine, Jews waiting for a raft to transfer them to Transnistria, during the deportation, 1942 // Source: Yad Vashem - The World Holocaust Remembrance Center

3. Moghilev Podolski, Ukraine, Jews gathered on the western bank of the Dnister River, before their deportation to Transnistria, on the eastern bank, 1942 // Source: Yad Vashem - The World Holocaust Remembrance Center

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