Cover Osteuropa 8-10/2008

In Osteuropa 8-10/2008

From Taboo to Recognition
Romania, the Jews, and the Holocaust

Felicia Waldman

Deutsche Fassung


The existence of Jews on Romanian territory was suppressed under Communism. Romania’s complicity in the Holocaust was a taboo. President Ion Iliescu’s remark that there had been no Holocaust on Romanian territory represented a particularly low point. Only with the integration of Romania into international organisations and the convening of the Elie Wiesel commission of inquiry did the climate change. Now Romania is becoming increasingly willing to accept responsibility for commemorating the victims of the Holocaust and integrating the country’s Jewish heritage into its national remembrance culture.

(Osteuropa 8-10/2008, pp. 497–504)

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From Taboo to Acceptance