[Cz-L] Back from Cz...

From: Charles Rosner <frenchczern1_at_yahoo.com>
Date: Tue, 07 Oct 2008 18:38:14 -0700 (PDT)
To: Czernowitz Genealogy and History <czernowitz-l_at_list.cornell.edu>
Reply-to: Charles Rosner <frenchczern1_at_yahoo.com>

Hello everybody!
I was 3 full days in Cz, left Monday morning for Kiev and arrived back home=
 two hours ago. The reason I couldn’t stay longer is that I promised=
 my daughter to be there for her 21st birthday on October 8th…
I quickly went through the Cz-List mails exchanged during the two last week=
s and, although exhausted, I want you to know the following about Traian Pop=
ovici’s plate – I’ll try to write a more detailed =
“report” during the weekend.
I met successively with 5 members (2 of them being Jewish) of the city coun=
cil, which counts a total of 60 members. I know, Hardy, that’s only =
some 9 percent…
I also had an opportunity to visit the board room in the city hall where th=
e portraits of previous mayors of the town are hanging on the walls: the las=
t Jewish mayor of Cz is there, but TP’s portrait isn’t becau=
se the 1941-44 period is considered by some extremist members of the council=
 as a period of occupation. I’m told that the mayor himself wouldn=
’t object to call TP a “mayor” (but should those who=
 were appointed after him during this period also appear?) and to include th=
e Rumanian text on the plate, but it’s a question of majority in the=
 council votes.
The plate was to be discussed today (Tuesday) during a council meeting and =
the five members I met said at the end of our discussions that they will sup=
port the plate to be done according to our whishes (by the way, my mother an=
d I survived in the ghetto as clandestines) – so I gave them the fol=
lowing argument: “You accept the 1918-1940 period of Rumanian rule. =
Therefore, by denying the legality of the Rumanian period 1941-44, you consi=
der the Ribbentrop-Molotov pact as legal and valid. Is that what you want?=
” I know that such an argument wouldn’t convince the real ex=
tremists in the council, but it might slightly influence some of those who h=
esitate and are to weak to take position. Anyway, I prefer to have good surp=
rises rather than bad ones, and therefore I do not expect them to agree to t=
he title “mayor” nor to the Rumanian text… but maybe=
Another point is that, at an official reception, I asked the Rabbi (forgot =
his name; he came with a streymel on his head, a long black coat, etc.) how =
many Jews there are in Cz: 1000, he said. Other people (Jews and Goys) told =
me figures between 2000 and 3000, but they confirmed that there are about 10=
 different organizations fighting each other: this explains why the Jewish r=
epresentation in Cz is so weak… Pity!
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