Skip To Content
JEWISH. INDEPENDENT. NONPROFIT.
Breaking News

Moldova City To Restore Destroyed Jewish Landmark

The mayor of Chisinau, Moldova, said he would restore a landmark structure, largely destroyed during the Holocaust, as a monument to local Jews who died in the genocide.

Dorin Chirtoaca on Monday said he would restore the dome-shaped Tahara room located at one of Europe’s largest Jewish cemeteries to commemorate this year’s 70th anniversary of Nazi Germany’s defeat, the news site of the Jurnal broadcaster reported.

“We have examples of how other synagogues and cemeteries were restored and if the Jewish community agrees, it will be gradually rebuilt,” said the mayor of the capital city of the republic, bordered by Romania and Ukraine.

The city is now seeking funds for the restoration, the report said.

The 19th century structure, named for the Hebrew word for purity, was built at the end of the 19th century and was used to prepare bodies for burial at the Sculeni cemetery of Chisinau, also known as Kishinev. There are approximately 25,000 graves at the cemetery.

Before the Holocaust, half of Chisinau’s 125,000 inhabitants were Jews. The community was one of the most vibrant in the region, although it faced periodic, deadly pogroms.

The structure and the cemetery fell into serious disrepair after the Holocaust, when Romanian troops deported 300,000 Jews from the territory that is today Moldova to Nazi death camps.

Aerial bombings that reduced much of the area to heaps of rubble. Much of the area is now covered with thick vegetation.

Currently, some 20,000 Jews live in Moldova, which is the poorest country in the World Health Organization’s Europe zone, with a median monthly salary of $250.

Engage

Republish This Story

Please read before republishing

We’re happy to make this story available to republish for free, unless it originated with JTA, Haaretz or another publication (as indicated on the article) and as long as you follow our guidelines. You must credit the Forward, retain our pixel and preserve our canonical link in Google search.  See our full guidelines for more information, and this guide for detail about canonical URLs.

To republish, copy the HTML by clicking on the yellow button to the right; it includes our tracking pixel, all paragraph styles and hyperlinks, the author byline and credit to the Forward. It does not include images; to avoid copyright violations, you must add them manually, following our guidelines. Please email us at [email protected], subject line “republish,” with any questions or to let us know what stories you’re picking up.

We don't support Internet Explorer

Please use Chrome, Safari, Firefox, or Edge to view this site.