Re: [Cz-L] Correct number of people saved by Traian Popovici

From: Miriam Taylor <>
Date: Fri, 03 Oct 2008 18:27:53 -0400
To: HARDY BREIER <>, Czernowitz Genealogy and History <>
Reply-to: Miriam Taylor <>

Miriam (Mimi) Taylor <>

Dear Hardy and all Czernowitzers,

The good deeds and humane and decent intentions, of Traian Popovici,
are indeed not diminished, by the actions of Ion Antonescu in ordering
the resumption of the deportations.

But considering the text of the plaque;

What does the word "save" mean?
Tried to save, or succeeded in saving?
Or succeeded in temporarily saving?

I think that in this context, it means succeeded in saving.

This is my opinion and I have already set things in motion
to change the number to 17000.
Since the committee will not consider the proposal till Oct. 10th,
I suppose I could still ask for the number to remain 19600.

Please, all of you who feel strongly on this issue, whether
you agree with Hardy, or with me, write me by Oct. 6th.
I will consider the wishes of the majority and act accordingly.

Shabbat Shalom u'mnucha,



> Mimi.
> In 1941 Popovici saved 19600 Jews.
> In 1942 after Popovici was dismissed , 2600 of those were rounded
> up and deported.
> This does not change the number he saved by one single soul.
> Popovici did not issue life insurances - he issued stay permits.
> The plaque is to state his deeds of 1941 .
> Even if all Jews were later deported ,his credit stays unchanged.
> I strongly oppose any change of this number .
> Hardy
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