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A house in Sarmas in which Romanians and Jews were tortured by Hungarians during the Sarmas pogrom.

Photograph | Photograph Number: 00039

A house in Sarmas in which Romanians and Jews were tortured by Hungarians during the Sarmas pogrom.

Sarmas, located in Transylvania along the Hungarian border, had a Jewish population of only 126 in 1944. When the Hungarian Army occupied Sarmas on 5 September 1944, the population of the town pillaged all the Romanian and Jewish homes in Sarmas. On September 8th, the Jews were ordered to mark their homes with a yellow Star of David, whereafter they were rounded-up by Hungarian peasants from the town. The Jews were taken to the courtyard of a Romanian construction foreman, beaten severely, and then forced to work. On September 16th, 20 Jewish men were selected to dig mass graves. That evening, the 126 Jews of Sarmas were killed and buried.

Date
Circa 1944 September 16
Variant Locale
Sarmasu
Nagysarmas
Photo Credit
United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, courtesy of Muzeul National de Istorie al Romaniei
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Record last modified: 2018-02-08 00:00:00
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