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The History of the Holocaust in Romania, The History of the Holocaust in Romania, 0803220642, 0-8032-2064-2, 978-0-8032-2064-5, 9780803220645, Jean Ancel Translated by Yaffah Murciano Edited by Leon Volovici With the assistance of Miriam Caloianu , Comprehensive History of the Holocaust, The History of the Holocaust in Romania, 0803238428, 0-8032-3842-8, 978-0-8032-3842-8, 9780803238428, Jean Ancel Translated by Yaffah Murciano Edited by Leon Volovici With the assistance of Miriam Caloianu , Comp

The History of the Holocaust in Romania
Jean Ancel
Translated by Yaffah Murciano
Edited by Leon Volovici
With the assistance of Miriam Caloianu

2012. 720 pp.
1 map, 28 tables, 4 charts
$50.00 s
2017. 720 pp.
1 map, 28 tables, 4 charts
$40.00 s

Published by the University of Nebraska Press, Lincoln, and Yad Vashem, Jerusalem

Based on an unparalleled and exhaustive collection of original Jewish accounts and sources not available until the fall of Nicolae Ceausescu in the late 1980s, Jean Ancel provides a detailed analysis of the path of antisemitism that led to the unspeakable horrors of the Holocaust in Romania.

The Romanians, and other nations inside and outside the Balkans, related differently to “their Jews” and “other Jews,” that is, those living in districts annexed to Romania after the First World War and in areas occupied and annexed to the Romanian military administration after the Soviet invasion in June 1941. The Jews of the Regat, the core Romanian principality, suffered pogroms, decrees, and degradation, but on the whole they survived the Holocaust.

Contradicting long-held assumptions, Ancel shows that Romanians were largely responsible for murdering their Jewish community—one of the largest in Europe before the war—and although its survival rate was the highest in Europe, the survival rate in areas where Jews were liquidated was one of the lowest.

Jean Ancel (1940–2008) was a Romanian-born Israeli independent historian and a research associate of Yad Vashem’s International Institute for Holocaust Research. He is the author and editor of numerous books, including Wilhelm Filderman: Memoirs and Diaries, Volume 1, 1900–1940 (Yad Vashem and Tel Aviv University, 2004); The Economic Destruction of Romanian Jewry (Yad Vashem, 2007); and Prelude to Mass Murder: The Pogrom in Iaşi, June 29, 1941 (Yad Vashem, forthcoming).

"This monumental work is a scholarly witnessing to be admired."—Michael N. Dobkowski, Jewish Book World

"The book has a wealth of details and is very informative. Professional historians as well as casual readers should take note of this book and make it a starting point in their quest to delve further into the mystery of the Holocaust in Romania."—Michael Gesin, H-Net

"The wealth of information included in this tome and the superior organization and presentation makes it a must for any Judaica library with a Holocaust collection, whether a basic collection, or a rich, academically focused one."—Michlean Amir, Association of Jewish Libraries

Winner of the 2012 National Jewish Book Award in the Writing Based on Archival Material category

"The publication of this series was made possible by the generous gift of the Ike and Roz Friedman Family Foundation, in loving memory of Ike Friedman and Janis Friedman Yale and all those who perished in the Holocaust."

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