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The Romanian Orthodox Church and the Holocaust, by Ion Popa
« on: October 19, 2017, 01:53:33 PM »
This book came out last month. I'm curious and also afraid to find out what it contains.

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In 1930, about 750,000 Jews called Romania home. At the end of World War II, approximately half of them survived. Only recently, after the fall of Communism, have details of the history of the Holocaust in Romania come to light. Ion Popa explores this history by scrutinizing the role of the Romanian Orthodox Church from 1938 to the present day. Popa unveils and questions whitewashing myths that concealed the Church's role in supporting official antisemitic policies of the Romanian government. He analyzes the Church's relationship with the Jewish community in Romania and Judaism in general, as well as with the state of Israel, and discusses the extent to which the Church recognizes its part in the persecution and destruction of Romanian Jews. Popa's highly original analysis illuminates how the Church responded to accusations regarding its involvement in the Holocaust, the part it played in buttressing the wall of Holocaust denial, and how Holocaust memory has been shaped in Romania today.
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“A goose to hatch the Crystal Egg after an Eagle had half-hatched it! Aye, aye, to be sure, that’s right,” said the Old Woman of Beare. “And now you must go find out what happened to it. Go now, and when you come back I will give you your name.”
- from The King of Ireland's Son, by Padraic Colum

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Re: The Romanian Orthodox Church and the Holocaust, by Ion Popa
« Reply #1 on: October 19, 2017, 05:26:52 PM »
There is no historical doubt about the anti-Semitism of the  Iron Guard in Romania. 

The deportation from the USA of the notorious Archbishop Valarian of the OCA was COVERED CLOSELY BY THE American PRESS.

http://www.nytimes.com/1987/01/29/obituaries/valerian-trifa-an-archbishop-with-a-fascist-past-dies-at-72.html