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New Monument Unveiled in Cluj-Napoca


A new monument commemorating the 70th anniversary of the 1944 deportations was unveiled in Cluj-Napoca, Romania on 27 May 2014.

The monument is in memory of the 18,000 Jews deported by the Nazi and Hungarian authorities to Auschwitz-Birkenau in May-June 1944.

The event was attended by survivors, Cluj-Napoca Mayor Emil Boc, government representatives,  Culture Minister Kelemen Hunor,  and a wide public audience.  The event was initiated and coordinated by the town council of Cluj Napoca.

Also on 27 May, a plaque in remembrance of the deported Jews was unveiled at the Cluj Main Train Station in the presence of the Minister of Transportation, Dan Sova. Similar plaques and inscriptions, initiated by the "Elie Wiesel" National Institute for the Study of the Holocaust in Romania, are currently being unveiled in several other towns in Romania.

On 26-27 May 2014 a symposium dedicated to the 70th anniversary of the ghettoization and deportation of the Jews in Cluj took place at the Babes Bolyai University's Faculty of European Studies in Cluj, with the participation of survivors and historians from France, Romania and the USA.