June 30, 2021

Romania - Synagogue vandalized on anniversary eve of pogrom

Orăștie
- On the eve of the anniversary of an infamous Romanian pogrom, the windows of the Synagogue of Orăștie in Transylvania were smashed by an unidentified group.

The Iași pogrom was a series of pogroms during World War Two carried out by Romanian government troops under Marshall Ion Antonescu in Iași, Romania. Over 13,000 Jews were massacred during the period between June 29 and July 6, 1941, one third of the Jewish community.

The vandalism to the historic building’s windows was discovered on Monday morning by two archeologists employed by the local Museum of Ethnography and Folk Art.
The Synagogue of Orăștie is over 100 years old. The building was restored in the early 2000s. Since then it has hosted cultural events.