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Oral history interview with Michael M. Cernea

Oral History | Accession Number: 2005.129 | RG Number: RG-50.030.0495

Michael Cernea, born in 1931 in Iasi, Romania, discusses his family life; experiencing antisemitism in his hometown; the activities of the Iron Guard in Iasi; his father losing his job as a factory engineer after Romania entered the war; Romania's declaration of war on the Soviet Union; a pogrom in Iasi that his family survived; the fear Jewish families in Iasi had after the pogrom and how his family went into hiding; the Romanian government's oppression of the Jewish population even before German occupation and their collusion with the Germans during the war; attending a Jewish community synagogue school starting in 1942; the hope that was inspired in the Jewish population when the war started to turn against Germany; his mother's attempts to find out information about family members during the war; news about persecution outside of Romania; his family's flight to Bucharest, Romania because of fear of reprisals at the hands of the retreating Romanian Army; Allied bombing of Bucharest near the end of the war; his feelings about being liberated by the Soviet Army; and immigrating to the United States.

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Michael M. Cernea
Joan Ringelheim
interview:  2005 May 04
Oral histories.
9 videocasettes (Betacam SP) : sound, color ; 1/2 in..
Credit Line
United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Collection, courtesy of the Jeff and Toby Herr Foundation
Record last modified: 2020-03-26 09:36:51
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