Waiting for Jerusalem: Surviving the Holocaust in Romania

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The Gates of Destiny

Faith and Justice, Law and Labor, Honesty and Conscience, Order and Humaneness, will become from now on, for the most high ranking as well as for the most humble public servant of the Fatherland, the Holy Book of our duties.

General Ion Antonescu September 9, 1940


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One of the least known, researched, and publicized chapters of the somber years of the Holocaust is the rescue of some 300,000 Jews of Romania.

Paradoxically, this occurred in a country where the deep-rooted anti- Semitic traditions extended over the entire span of its history. Over the years the Jews had endured accusations of ritual murder; interdiction to attend public schools; a legal system limiting individual freedoms; forced evictions in the rural areas; savage attacks and molestation in schools and universities, in the army, and on trains; nightmarish pogroms of blood-curdling ferocity; deportations meant to expunge entire communities both physically and spiritually. Nothing had been forgotten, nothing that could serve as a weapon against the Jewish population had been left unused throughout the years.

And yet, in this very country, a significant number of Jews had been saved, which cannot be said of the Jews in other countries occupied by

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Table of contents

Table of contents

  • Title Page iii
  • Contents ix
  • Acknowledgments xi
  • 1 - The Gates of Destiny 1
  • 2 - Back to the Beginnings 23
  • 3 - From Ashes and Embers 35
  • 4 - It Was Not a Miracle! 47
  • 5 - Beyond the Limits 71
  • 6 - The Weather is Stormy"" 101
  • 7 - The Soul Market Stall 123
  • 8 - Right Down the Path 151
  • 9 - The Sea is Wonderful"" 165
  • 10 - Searching for Humaneness 193
  • 11 - Fifty Years After: Facing the New Century 225
  • Notes 237
  • Bibliography 247
  • Name Index 253
  • Place Index 261
  • About the Author 265
  • Recent Titles in Contributions to the Study of World History 267
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