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Yad Vashem The Story of the Jewish Community of Bălţi, Romania (today Moldova)

Their Legacies Remain…

"The people are no more – but their legacies remain…"
Ida Fink, “Ikvot,” Kol Hasiporim (All the Stories)

There, simple Jews are silent
Those that worked the soil, pressed the grapes
And prepared the cheeses
In the heat of the summer and the mud of the fall

Where are they now? What night storm
Carried their ashes and spread them
Across the cold and enraged foreign soil
Their blood will beat in the sand-filled fields

Jacob Fichman, Bait Mul Haraut (Heb.)

Most of the Jews of Bălţi were murdered: public figures, bankers, rabbis, teachers and their students, traders and craftsmen – men, women and children. Their stories are told through documents, testimonies, Pages of Testimony and photographs – testimony to the destruction of the community of Bălţi.

Each name, each family, represents an entire universe, filled with history and memories. Here are the stories of Yeshayahu Tumarkin and Lazar Lubarsky, Prisoners of Zion from Bălţi – and the story of a special song of that time that became famous across the Jewish world.

We see their faces, document their names and reveal their stories, and that is how we remember them.

The online exhibition was made possible through the generous support of:

Conference on Jewish Material Claims Against Germany

The Conference on Jewish Material Claims Against Germany works to secure compensation and restitution for survivors of the Holocaust.

Since 1951, the Claims Conference - working in partnership with the State of Israel - has negotiated for and distributed payments from Germany, Austria, other governments, and certain industry; recovered unclaimed German Jewish property; and funded programs to assist the neediest Jewish victims of Nazism.