The Kishinev Ghetto, 1941-1942: A Documentary History of the Holocaust in Romania's Contested Borderlands by Paul A. ShapiroThe Kishinev Ghetto, 1941-1942: A Documentary History of the Holocaust in Romania's Contested Borderlands by Paul A. Shapiro

The Kishinev Ghetto, 1941-1942: A Documentary History of the Holocaust in Romania's Contested…

byPaul A. ShapiroContribution byRadu Ioanid, Brewster Chamberlin

Hardcover | September 15, 2015

Pricing and Purchase Info


Earn 250 plum® points

Prices and offers may vary in store


Ships within 1-2 weeks

Ships free on orders over $25

Not available in stores


The Kishinev Ghetto, 1941–1942 sheds new light on the little-known historical events surrounding the creation, administration, and liquidation of the Kishinev (Chisinau) ghetto during the first months following the Axis attack on the Soviet Union (Operation Barbarossa) in late June 1941. Mass killings during the combined Romanian-German drive toward Kishinev in Bessarabia, after a year of Soviet rule in this Romanian border province, were followed by the shooting of thousands of Jews on the streets of the city during the first days of reestablished Romanian administration. Survivors were driven into a ghetto, persecuted, and liquidated by year’s end. The Kishinev Ghetto, 1941–1942 is the first major study of these events.
Often overshadowed by events in Germany and Poland, the history of the Holocaust in Romania, including what took place in Bessarabia (corresponding in large part with the territory of the modern Republic of Moldova), was obscured during decades of communist rule by denial and by policies that blocked access to wartime documentation. This book is the result of a lengthy research project that began with Paul A. Shapiro’s missions to Romania for the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum to negotiate access to these documents.
The volume includes:
·        A preface describing the origin of the project in the immediate aftermath of the Ceausescu regime in Romania.
·        A hundred-page study setting the events of the book within the historical context of Eastern European antisemitism, Romanian-Soviet conflict over control of Bessarabia, and Romania’s alliance with Nazi Germany.
·        A thoughtfully curated collection of archival documents linked to the study.
·        A chronology of related historical events.
·        Twenty-one black and white photographs and a map of the ghetto.
Students and scholars of Holocaust history, Judaic studies, twentieth-century Eastern European history, Romania, Moldova, and historical Bessarabia will want to own this important, revealing volume.
Published in association with the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum
Paul A. Shapiro is the director of the Jack, Joseph and Morton Mandel Center for Advanced Holocaust Studies at the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum. He is the author of studies of interwar politics and fascism in Romania, was a member of the International Commission on the Holocaust in Romania, and is the former editor-in-chief ...
Title:The Kishinev Ghetto, 1941-1942: A Documentary History of the Holocaust in Romania's Contested…Format:HardcoverDimensions:280 pages, 9.25 × 6.25 × 0.97 inPublished:September 15, 2015Publisher:University of Alabama PressLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:081731864X

ISBN - 13:9780817318642

Look for similar items by category:


Table of Contents


Note on the Citation and Translation of the Documents


The Chisinau (Kishinev) Ghetto, 1941?1942: Creation, Administration, Liquidation

Paul A. Shapiro

Prologue: Documenting the Tragedy

Chisinau Reoccupied

?Curatirea Terenului?: Cleansing the Terrain

Chisinau Ghetto: Creation and Administration

Population of the Ghetto

The Massacres of Visterniceni and Ghidighici

Control of Ghetto Access and Egress


Forced Labor

Deportation Orders

Final Preparations, Final Appeals

Liquidation of the Chisinau Ghetto

The Final Extortion: Corruption from the Top Down

The Aftermath

"Organized Plunder": Theft of Jewish Property and State Confiscations

Cleaning Up: Final Acts and Final Inhumanities, 1942

The End: Transnistria



Chronology of the Chisinau Ghetto and the Romanian Occupation of Bessarabia, 1941?1942

Brewster Chamberlin and Radu Ioanid

The Documents


Editorial Reviews

“The Kishinev Ghetto indeed makes an original and significant contribution to the field of Holocaust literature, and in particular on the Holocaust in Romania and the city of Kishinev. It offers the successful combination of dry official documents with the emotional context and setting. As such, it will be of interest and assistance to a broad audience, both the general public and future researchers in the field.” —Samuel Aroni, author of Memories of the Holocaust: Kishinev (Chisinau) 1941–1944 “This tragic and appalling story emerges well from this volume. It is a most important contribution to a little-known aspect of the genocide of the Jewish people during the Second World War and will become the standard work on the subject, illustrating clearly the whole character of the Romanian genocide.” —Antony Polonsky, author of Politics in Independent Poland, 1921-1939: The Crisis of Constitutional Government, and The Little Dictators: The History of Eastern Europe since 1918