Tuesday, February 23, 2021

The 19th-century Jewish registry book was withdrawn from the auction


The Brooklyn Auction House thus withdrew the book from sale at the request of the Jewish community in Cluj.Napoci in present-day Romania and the World Jewish Organization for Restitution. Based on this book, they will also be able to explore, among other things, the names of the ancestors of deported Jews.

“In the case of hundreds of thousands of Jews in Eastern Europe, there is nothing left for them – even their documents have been alienated and disappeared.” Photo: EPA

V during Nazism in 1944, six trains from the town of ClujNapoca about 18,000 Jews were deported to the Auschwitz-Birkenau concentration camp, writes the Art Daily web portal. Their homes, bars and offices, archives and synagogues were searched and looted, and books and historical documents also disappeared. For the once vibrant, mostly Hungarian-speaking community, few material traces remain.

After they are many of those who survived the Holocaust, emigrated, today the Jewish community there counts only 350 people with very deficient historical documents about their history.

Funerals are recorded in the city between 1836 and 1899
In February, however, a rare preserved material evidence of the city’s Jewish community history appeared at an auction in New York City. It is a registry book in which burials in the city are recorded between 1836 and 1899.

The withdrawal at the auction took place at the request of the Jewish community in the town of Cluj-Napoca and the World Jewish Organization for Restitution. Register, also known as Pink Klali D’Chevra Kadisha, was researched online by a genealogy researcher and brought to the attention of the president of the Jewish community in Cluj-Napoci Roberta Schwartza.

“Community history cannot be reconstructed without documents”
In words Zoltana Tiborija, Director of the Institute for Holocaust and Genocide Studies at the University ofNapoci on the basis of the said register, researchers will also be able to find the names of the ancestors of the deportees.

“The deceased is usually remembered by the community and his family. But in the case of hundreds of thousands of Jews in Eastern Europe, there is nothing left for them – even their documents have been alienated and disappeared. Without documents, the history of the community cannot be reconstructed. , “ he added Tibori.





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