Re: [Cz-L] Historical facts

From: Abraham Kogan <>
Date: Thu, 31 Jul 2008 14:06:36 +0300
To: Gaby & Mira Rinzler <>, 'Czernowitz Genealogy and History' <>
Reply-to: Abraham Kogan <>

Just to clarify:
Northern Bukovina was occupied on June 28, 1940. It had nothing to do with
compensation, it was the result of Molotov-Ribbentrop Pact signed in August
1939. In line with the secret protocol attached to the above-mentioned
Pact, Stalin decided to incorporate it into Ukraine, whereas Bessarabia was
incorporated in the Moldavian Soviet Republic. Also, as far as I can
remember, each of the three Baltic states became a separate Soviet republic,
also as a result of the same agreement.

A propos Soviet schools - in 1940-1941 I attended the Yiddishe Mittelschul
No. 5. There were only two such yiddishe schools. Zwi Yaavets, who until
1940 was my schoolmate ate the same Lyzeum L.E.G., attended the Yiddishe
Mittelschul No. 26.
Best, Abraham K.

----- Original Message -----
From: "Gaby & Mira Rinzler" <>
To: "'Czernowitz Genealogy and History'" <>
Sent: Wednesday, July 30, 2008 10:50 PM
Subject: [Cz-L] historical facts

> Northern Bukovina was occupied by Soviet troops in March 1940. They
> justified
> this after reclaiming Bessarabia as compensation and because of the local
> population was Ukrainian. They also occupied at the time parts of Poland
> and
> Czechoslovakia. The war ageist the Soviet Union started on June 22nd 1941.
> In a few weeks the Romania reoccupied Northern Bukovina. As the front
> progressed
> eastward Hitler placed the Soviet territory between the Dniester and Bug
> rivers
> under Romanian administration. This is where part of the Jewish population
> from
> the Bukovina was deported.
> On March 28 1944 the red army reentered Czernowitz and the remaining Jews
> were
> "liberated".
> For most of us who were born in the first half of the 20st century there
> are 5
> distinct periods in our life:
> a- Before WW II - Though we all cherish our childhood memories we probably
> were too young to see the dark clouds on the horizon.
> b-1940-1941- we are suddenly soviet citizen. We go to Russian, Ukrainian
> or
> (believe it or not) Yiddish schools. Many significant events,but before we
> have time to absorb the changes, Hitler invades the Soviet Union.
> c-1941-1944- Ghetto, Transnistria, "Munca" no school, terror. Jewish
> propensity
> for survival.
> d-1944-1946-Liberated, most of the surviving Jewish population chooses to
> leave
> the Soviet Union by way of Romania, Czechoslovakia, Poland.
> e-1946-We decide to "Mache a Lebed" in the free world and as experienced
> survivors
> we did.
> There is enough material for each of us to write 5 novels.
> Shalom
> Gaby

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