Waiting for Jerusalem: Surviving the Holocaust in Romania

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The Soul Market Stall

The new world which will be built by the generation of the Great Führer is a world which has to lay down the lasting foundation for the future civilization.

General Ion Antonescu April 26, 1941


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The Romanian leaders now realized that they needed the Jews, and they needed them alive. Clearly, the Jews in the Old Kingdom of Southern Transylvania and Banat still constituted a potential for bringing in money from abroad.

Radu Lecca informed von Killinger that Marshal Antonescu intended to allow 75,000 to 80,000 Jews to emigrate to Palestine. For each of them the government would receive 200,000 lei. In his report to the German Foreign Ministry, Ambassador von Killinger emphasized that Antonescu expected to make over 16 billion lei from this deal. In the process he would get rid of a large number of Jews--after he received the money from abroad.

Berlin greeted this information with suspicion, and some of the senior officers showed open disbelief. While the information did not have a solid foundation in Berlin's eyes, it asked von Killinger to make sure no emigration took place. The Jews who would emigrate would be going into enemy territory carrying all kinds of unpleasant potential for Ger-

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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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