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A mass rally in Dej calling for the return of Jews who survived the concentration camps, but remained in areas under Allied occupation.

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    A mass rally in Dej calling for the return of Jews who survived the concentration camps, but remained in areas under Allied occupation.
    A mass rally in Dej calling for the return of Jews who survived the concentration camps, but remained in areas under Allied occupation.

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    Caption
    A mass rally in Dej calling for the return of Jews who survived the concentration camps, but remained in areas under Allied occupation.
    Date
    May 1945
    Locale
    Dej, [Cluj] Romania
    Variant Locale
    Hungary
    Des
    Dees
    Photo Credit
    United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, courtesy of Randolph Braham
    Event History
    The Jewish population of Dej was around 3,500 before the beginning of the war. Following the German occupation of Hungary on March 19, 1944, the Jews of Dej were forced to move to a ghetto situated in a picnic area on the outskirts of the city. Until their deportation to Auschwitz four weeks later, many Jews were tortured and killed, and later buried within the ghetto. After the end of the war, survivors from Dej, mostly former labor servicemen, exhumed the bodies and reinterred them in the local Jewish cemetery with the aid of the authorities. Forensic tests were conducted on some of the bodies in preparation for impending war crimes trials. Several perpetrators of the killings, including Jozsef Gecse and Margit Fekete, were arrested, forced to participate in the exhumation of the bodies, and sent to trial.

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    Photo Source
    United States Holocaust Memorial Museum
    Copyright: United States Holocaust Memorial Museum
    Provenance: Randolph Braham

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    2011-02-09 00:00:00
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