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Infamous inscription ‘Juden Raus’ on railway station in Cluj, Romania

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BUCHAREST (EJP)—An inscription ‘Juden Raus’ (Jews out) was found this week on one of the pillars of the railway station in Cluj, a city in northwestern Romania. Police have been notified.

The MCA Romania – The Center for Monitoring and Combating Anti-Semitism in Romania has addressed a complaint to the Romanian railways, the General Prosecutor of Romania and the Ministry of Transportations.

But according to Jewish journalist Andrea Ghita, the inscription was still there on Friday. ‘’The station administration and the Romanian Railways do not seem to care a about the inscriptions and anti-Semitic symbols that pollute the platform,’’ she said.

She recalled that on the wall of the Cluj railway station there is a plaque in memory of the 16,000 Jews deported from this city by the Nazis to Auschwitz in the summer of 1944.

‘’We hope that the perpetrators will be quickly discovered but judging from recent incidents such as the profanation of cemeteries and other anti-Semitic, anti-Hungarian or anti-Roma inscriptions, I have no hope that they will be identified,’’ Ghita, who said she was worried by these incidents,  said.

She mentioned in particular anti-Semitic graffiti and Holocaust-denying messages found last June on the façade of the Synagogue in Cluj. Built in the Moorish style at the end of the 19th century, the synagogue was dedicated to the memory of the more than 130,000 Jews deported from Northern Transylvania to Auschwitz

Today only 400 Jews live in Cluj and several thousand in the rest of Romania,  both due to the Holocaust and the departure of many Jews to Israel under the communist regime of Nicolae Ceausescu.

 

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