romanian jews


The Last Jews of Radauti, Romania, 1974-76. Photographs by Laurence Salzmann.

In the late 1930s, 8,000 Jews lived in Radauti, a small town in the Bukovina region of Romania. They were shopkeepers and tradesmen-shoemakers, barbers, hat makers, tailors, jewelers-a vital community spanning several generations. Six thousand Romanian Jews perished during World War II; some died in concentration camps in Transnistria, but most did not survive the initial hardships of deportation. At the end of the war, a few returned, only to find their homes gone and the life they had known swept away. The Last Jews of Radauti makes a powerfully enduring statement about a vanishing culture by illuminating the lives of the small number of Eastern European Jews who survived the Holocaust and went home. For a closer look at the Jewish community of Radauti, watch a 10 minute clip of Salzmann’s Songs of Radauti here.


Aaaaand…here’s the Semite of the Day, in honor of Eurovision: Sharon Cohen, known professionally as Dana International.

Born in Tel Aviv, to a Jewish family with Yemeni and Romanian roots, came out as a trans woman at thirteen, and won the 1998 Eurovision.

To those who had opposed her representing Israel at the event, she said afterward:

“My victory proves God is on my side. I want to send my critics a message of forgiveness and say to them: try to accept me and the kind of life I lead. I am what I am and this does not mean I don’t believe in God, and I am part of the Jewish nation.”

Strong, brave, talented, gutsy, and absolutely beautiful.


An important Yiddish song about Romania, about life in Romania. There was a big and great Jewish community in Romania once… 

Superheroes: Another thing we wouldn’t have if not for Jewish people
  • Stan Lee: A Romanian Jew, born Stanley Lieber, founder of Marvel Comics
  • Jack Kirby: Born Jacob Kurtzberg to Austrian Jewish immigrants on Manhattan’s Lower East Side. He worked with…
  • Joe Simon: Born Hymie Simon


  • Steve Ditko: A first generation American of Slovak descent who studied with…
  • Jerry Robinson: Batman artist and American Jew
  • Jerry Siegel: The co-creator of Superman and an Jew of Lithuanian descent
  • Joe Schuster: The co-creator of Superman and a Jew of Dutch descent
  • Will Eisner: Author of The Spirit and comic publishing giant. You may have heard of a little thing called  the Eisner Awards.

So again…you’re welcome

The Alt Right blame SJWs, Mexicans, Polish people, Romanians, Jews, liberals and Muslims for everything. But, um, isn’t that what Nazis do, though? Blame everyone else for their problems?

Isn’t that the whole point of being a Nazi or a racist or a sexist?

It’s always a non-white female person’s fault for how sad you are.

Because José the nice, helpful plumber who fixed your kitchen was the one that was out to get you in life. Sure. 

Get over yourself.   

anonymous asked:

I didn't know your dad's side is romanian! (I'm romanian myself) ngl that's cool

by romanian i mean romanian jews that narrowly escaped a pogrom during ww2 that killed thousands. we have no connection to romanian national identity and my dad’s parents are holocaust survivors who fled the country as children. my dad’s actually made me promise to never go back to romania lol

Neolog Synagogue in Brasov, Romania, last restored in 2001 for its 100th anniversary. 

“All the threads of spirituality of the Romanian Jews, from all generations, have been brought together here, in a sort of biography of ideas in a counterpoint style. A hundred years ago, when this temple was erected, Romanian Judaism was cutting its way through. Today, it renews itself.” — engineer Tiberiu Roth, president of the Jewish Community in Brasov.


Knot Series

“Every piece of artwork that I create has multiple meanings. It has the meaning that people make for themselves that resonates with them and only them. It has the meaning and purpose that I intend for the piece to show. And it has the meaning that I don’t intend to represent, but that I subconsciously represent nonetheless, that resonates with me and only me. The latter two reasons, I don’t often share with people. I also have a condensed explanation of the piece for people that I don’t feel comfortable enough sharing the true meaning with. It’s hard for me, seeing as every piece I create is like a window into discovering the true me. I’m a vault, and I don’t often open the vault for anyone. It makes me uncomfortable to be vulnerable, and I’m way too trusting of people that they take advantage.

My knot series is one set of prints that I don’t often talk about. People ask me where the inspiration from the Celtic knots comes from, since I’m very clearly and very openly not of Irish heritage (I’m a Romanian Jew, and proud of it), and my short answer is that I’ve always found them fascinating. Which isn’t a lie, but it’s not the whole truth either.

Every Celtic knot has multiple meanings. They’re a stylized graphic that’s primarily used for ornamentation. The knots are endless, making them a symbol of eternity. That’s what I’m drawn to, their endlessness. It goes hand in hand with the idea of the circle of life and reincarnation for me. It’s the idea that nothing is ever ending, one thing finishes and another starts again.

I took some simple knot drawings and I manipulated them to represent the faces of animals. Mostly all of my art is created through the idea of a memory, even more often it’s about a combination of that and death. This series of prints is nothing out of the ordinary for me.

The knots are transposed on top of the animals faces so they can represent a mask. The mask is made to embody the idea of the person you are when someone you love, or care deeply about, leaves your life. You can progress past the person you are, but in their eyes you will always be the you that you once were, immortalized through their memories.

These three pieces represent this concept of being stuck behind this idea of being a person they always thought you were. Or trying to be a person that they would recognize. It’s telling yourself that you can be better, because that’s always how they saw you. But these are all lies. You can only be the best person you can be. With time you inevitably grow and evolve, changing who you are ever so slightly every day.

The gold becomes more prominent based on the angle at which you view the piece. This is intentional. At some angles, you see the animal clearly behind the knot, but at other angles, he disappears into the background because of the intensity. Life becomes a roller coaster of ups and downs when you’re grieving. Sometimes, you become lost in it and it consumes you. Other times, on better days, you feel more like yourself.

What used to be a group of friends of four once became three, and ever since that fateful day that we lost one of our best friends, it’s been a struggle to find ourselves again. These pieces represent the three of us trying to break through from the mask that we three wear every day. We try to be the people that he would recognize, but ultimately we’re not the same people we were five years ago when he was a part of our lives. It’s an ongoing battle that we face. Ultimately, we only hope we can be better than the person he believed we were.”

– an exert from my graduating thesis – written in 2015 - 


Queen Helen of Romania (2 May 1896 – 28 November 1982) and Princess Helen of Greece and Denmark by birth was married to King Carol II of Romania prior to his accession, and was the mother of King Michael I of Romania. She is noted for her humanitarian efforts to save the Romanian Jews during the Second World War, which led to her being awarded the honorary title of Righteous Among the Nations.

Helen was born in Athens, the third child of the future King Constantine I of Greece and Sophia of Prussia. Helen had three brothers each of whom reigned as kings of Greece - George II, Alexander, and Paul - and two sisters, Irene and Katherine.

In September 1940 Michael was restored to the throne, although dictator Ion Antonescu exercised most royal and governmental prerogatives. Antonescu recalled Princess Elena to Romania. She received the title Queen Mother of Romania (Regina-mamă Elena) and the style Her Majesty. During World War II she devoted herself to the care of the wounded. For her efforts to rescue Romanian Jews from the Nazi Germans, she was awarded the status of Righteous Among the Nations.

Helen died at the age of 86 in Lausanne in 1982.

My great-grandfather Hy Rubin was a Romanian Jew who immigrated here during the Russian Revolution of 1917, fleeing religious persecution. He came here when he was 12 years old. If he and his parents had not been allowed entry into the United States due to the fact that they were Jewish, who knows what may have become of him? 
Donald Trump’s ban on people coming in from Muslim countries is unethical, racist, and immoral. By putting what he believes is “in the country’s best interest” in order, he is putting thousands of lives at risk in Syria, and separating families who may be overseas, but here on visa.
And the fact that he introduced this ban on the day of Holocaust Remembrance Day - a day on which we must remember that the US denied entry to many people, causing them to perish in Auschwitz and other concentration camps - proves to be a grim reminder that we are still not done fighting for freedom from religious persecution.
To my Muslim and immigrant friends, I have said it before and I will say it a million and one times:
Your voices are being heard. I see you. I will fight for you.


The beautiful city of Arad, Romania, campaigns in Brussels to become the European Capital of Culture 2021. We are pro, because Arad is indeed a nice, cultural ánd European city with Romanian, Hungarian, Serbian, Jewish and German influences.

Let’s hope Arad will become the European Capital of Culture of 2021. Sibiu (another Romanian city) was it once in 2007 and it isn’t ‘only a title’. Sibiu did get more beautiful and tourism increased. So, go Arad. Good luck!