Tag Archives: Transnistria

Association for the Assistance to Bukovina Jews

Yearbook of “George Barițiu” Institute of History in Cluj-Napoca for the year 2007: “The Repatriation of the Deportated Jews from Transnistria and the Question of Their Integration in the Postwar Romania” by Peter Weber, Szeged University.

National Archives of Romania: Colecţia de Documente ale Comunităţii Evreieşti din România (inv. no. 3001) for the years 1818 – 1959.

Transnistria Card

Posted for Rabbi Tal Moshe Zwecker:

the following correspondence has been added for context by the administrator:
From: Rabbi Tal Zwecker [mailto:tal.zwecker@gmail.com]
Sent: Tuesday, June 26, 2012 12:53 AM
To: Irene Fishler
Cc: romers@shaw.ca
Subject: Re: [Cz-L] What to do with Transistria Documents?

Hi Jerome can you please add this to Ehpes? and mail the link to the
Czernowitz list so others can share,

It is my grandmother’s Transitria Card
I will send you a story to go with it soon

Rabbi Tal Moshe Zwecker
Bet Shemesh

From Irene Fishler
Well, Tal, this NOT a Transnistria ID-Card.
I wondered if something like this ever existed at the time of deportation.
Can you read Rumanian or French?

This is a document issued in 1947 in Bucharest by an organisation called
“Association of Former Deportees to Transnistria” -probably according to
some international agreements and sanctioned by the Rumanian Government .
This “paper” gave the repatriated people some priveleges. That’s what I

It IS a very important and interesting document, of course.
We would like to hear the story your grandma.


“Arnold Daghani. Who is he?” by Miha Ahronovitz!


Arnold Daghani. Who is he?

Arnold Daghani was born in Czernowitz, (not Suczava as other sources say) and he was a German speaking Romanian Jew. Some consider him today one of greatest artists of Europe in the 20th century. During his life, he had failure after failure.
He married his first and third wife (he called her Nanino)  Rabinovitz, in 1940. His second wife was Gabriela Miga
I met him in Bucharest around 1955. Daghani impressed me with his British look wearing  tweed jackets and smoking a pipe. I was ten at the time and he was my English tutor, the most expensive English tutor in Bucharest under the Stalin-style communist regime. I did not learn much English.  He did all the writing with clear letters, while I was watching him. I was dreaming,  me a ten year old boy, with him, a man in his forties, to escape to the Free World. He had an Airedale Terrier dog. One day, to show it to me, he walked for two hours from the other end of the city. We did not have sneakers in those days People did not have dogs in apartments. One can not even buy dog food. Human food was on coupons. So an Airedale Terrier looked very Western to me.
Continue reading the story on Miha Ahronovitz’s blog: Pictures from the Invisible

New Book uses Ruth G. Gold’s Transnistria story

America’s Soul in the Balance by Gregory J. Wallance, to be released in April 2012 (now released), uses resources from our Ruth Glasberg Gold’s  book Ruth’s Journey.

Wallance says:

“The origin of America’s Soul in the Balance traces to the newspaper reports several years ago of discovery of letters written by Anne Frank’s father in his unsuccessful attempt to obtain visas for his family and himself to the United States (briefly described in my book).

Intrigued with the notion that American immigration policies might have doomed Anne Frank, but dissatisfied with the treatment in various works on the American response to the Holocaust, I decided to write a book that focused on the State Department. But I also wanted the reader to understand the consequences of the State Department’s behavior, especially as regards the Romanian Jews deported into Transnistria.

My research led me to Ruth’s Journey: A Survivor’s Memoir, which, through the
struggle of 11 year old Ruth Glasberg (now RuthGlasberg Gold) to survive in Transnistria, told the story that I wanted to capture in the book. I introduced myself to Ruth at a Holocaust commemoration at the United Nations (where Ruth spoke so movingly about her experience that a silence descended upon the audience that would have made a dropped pin sound like a clash of symbols).

She graciously agreed to assist me in telling her story, even though it meant resurrecting the details of searingly painful memories. I owe Ruth a special debt–she is a remarkable woman, hers is an extraordinary story, and if America’s Soul in the Balance serves no other purpose than to bring her story to the attention of anyone who may not have heard it, I will consider it a success.”

Enlarge the book jacket by clicking on the thumbnail below:

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The ‘L’ Card

Below is the ‘L’ Card from Avi Raanan issued to his Grandmother, Ester Katz in 1941. You can enlarge the card by clicking on it.

The card was sent to me and also sent to Hedwig Brenner who commented:

“Hi Avi , thanks for sending me this document.
This is the famous “L-Karte”, the only valid document, the authorisation to
remain in Czernowitz.. Now it is a memory, an old document, but then its
value was millions…. I have the same, but mine does not have so many notices on
it. May be your grandmother’s document was submitted to controles. Never
mind, she was not deported to Transnistia.. therefore you are living….

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Popovici Permit

Courtesy of Mimi Taylor

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Translation of above:
Town Hall of the municipitality of Cernauti
The undersigned….
Jewish head of family, declares that he is a resident of Cernauti,
and before the establishment of the ghetto resident at…..
am …. years old. My profession is ….
I have been living in Cernauti from… which I can prove with…..
With me live those mentioned below….
This declaration is valid for 4 four people.
Signed by Dr Traian Popovici, Mayor of the municipality of Cernauti and by the delegate of the government of Bucovina Major Mihai Iliescu

More about the permit and other documents from Mimi Taylor Here:

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