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June
June 1941 - Roundup of Jews during a pogrom in Iasi, Romania



June 1941

Roundup of Jews during a pogrom in Iasi, Romania

On the evening of June 28, Romanian and German soldiers, members of the Romanian Special Intelligence Service, police, and masses of residents participated in an assault on the Jews of Iasi. Thousands were murdered in their homes and in the streets; additional thousands were arrested by patrols of Romanian and German soldiers and taken to police headquarters. In their homes, Christians posted crosses, icons, and inscriptions such as “Here live Christians, not Jewboys.” The next day, “Black Sunday,” Romanian soldiers shot thousands of Jews who had been interned in the police headquarters yard. The 4,330 survivors, and many Jews who had been rounded up from all parts of Iasi, were packed into freight cars and vans; 2,650 of them died of suffocation or thirst. More...

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