Searching for Humaneness
It is a duty of honour for me to assert to the whole Nation, that in these tormented days of horrendous struggle, I felt behind me the loyal shadow of the Great Führer and the honour of the Great German Reich which guaranteed our borders.
General Ion Antonescu
January 26, 1941
In the hot summer of 1944 the Anglo-American aerial bombardments pulverized the cities, and the Jews were compelled to clean the streets of debris. Special detachments were assigned to discovering and removing unexploded bombs.
When the sirens alerted the people to go into shelters, posters stated that Jews were forbidden from using them; when people left the city looking for a safe place to live, the Jews did not receive permission to evacuate. The news began to circulate that the Jews were signaling the American planes, and there were enough people around to believe it and to keep spreading this rumor. On January 30, 1944, the newspaper Porunca Vremii, under the signature of Vintila I. Georgescu, published an inflammatory anti-Semitistic article, entitled "Be Aware, Israel!," using the same old cliches. "You are odious, Israel. In the name of humanism and civilization, you send at your orders, your [emphasis mine] bombers killing the innocent population behind the front lines." 1