Mass Deportation from Moldova, 13-16 June 1941
This database contains information about 2,517 individuals deported from Moldova by the Soviet occupation authorities on June 13-16, 1941. This data was derived from a study of this mass deportation, which was performed with the support of the Academy of Sciences of the Republic of Moldova Institute of State History and Law.
(Deportarile in Masa Din R.S.S. Moldoveneasca Din 13-16 Iunie 1941)
Ministry of Extreme Affairs
Eudoxiu Hurmuzachi Institute for Romanians Abroad
Study done with support:
Academy of Sciences of the Republic of Moldova Institute of State History
and Law of the Republic of Moldova
Ion Varta & Tatiana Varta
About the Book
The book contains the lists of people from several Moldovan districts who were sent to concentration camps (primarily family heads) and those who were deported to Kazakhstan and Siberia (primarily children, women and older people).
Despite the fact that some of the list of deportees and those sentenced to concentration camps are lost and unlikely to ever be recovered, the data in this volume allowed the Academy to not only reconfigure important aspects regarding the social categories targeted by the operation, but also to determine the national entities that suffered the most from such policies.
Among the categories targeted by this wave of first mass deportations in Bessarabia were the so-called "anti-Soviets" and "counterrevolutionary" elements. They included the great landowners, the great industrialists and the great merchants (many of which no longer existed by that time). The deportee lists also included those who had served in the local public administration, members of Romanian political parties, former policemen and gendarmes.
Apart from the Romanians who predominate in the respective lists, the Jewish minorities made up an important part of the lists of people who were deported from Moldovan cities and villages. This is of particular importance because it gives clear evidence of the plight of the Bessarabian Jews during the mass deportations of the summer of 1941.
Description of Book Tables
The book contains over 150 distinct tables of which about 50 contain lists of names and associated data. The other 100 or so tables contain statistics and other such data. Of the 50 tables that contain lists of names, about 35 of them contain some or many Jews among the names listed. In total, over 2,500 Jews are found within these tables. Since many of these tables have “overlapping” purposes, the same named people are often found in several tables.
The original information was documented by the Soviet authorities and was therefore done primarily in Russian Cyrillic. The conversion and transliteration was most likely done by a large number of students of the Academy. The transliteration of names did not seem to follow any particular standard because the same named person in different tables had very different spellings, something not usually found in original Soviet lists. There are often many misspellings of names and words which seem to indicate that there was little review done of the work.
The tables which contained some or many Jews consisted of a number of different types of lists. Primarily they consisted of the following types:
About this database
Each table had different columns of information. Therefore, in the database that was constructed many fields are often found to be empty for many of the tables. The database contains the following fields:
Districts, Towns and Villages Represented
Some of the tables list the district and town or village in which the person lived. Other tables just list the district only or no information at all. The table below shows which districts and towns have information in this database. In the cases in which no town is listed, it is most likely the main town, since that is where most of the Jews lived.
The project manager and database creator was Terry Lasky of Ruidoso, New Mexico, USA.
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Last Update: 20 Sep 2018 WSB