Tȃrgu Frumos (Tîrgu Frumos, Tergu) | Iași

Romanian gendarmes arrived on the trucks druing the stop of the "death train" in Targu Frumos © Public domain, given by the USHMM The Iasi-Calarasi "death train" at the railroad station in Targu-Frumos © Public domain, given by the USHMM Romanian gendarmes supervise the removal of bodies from the Iasi-Calarasi "death train" in Targu-Frumos © Public domain, given by the USHMM Gypsies load the corpses of victims of the Iasi-Calarasi "death train" onto trucks in Targu-Frumos © © Public domain, given by the USHMM / Aiughel Ch, a Roma, born in 1929 © Victoria Bahr - Yahad-In Unum Father Patrick Desbois figuring out the truth with witness’ help © Victoria Bahr - Yahad-In Unum The railway station where the "Death train" passed © Victoria Bahr - Yahad-In Unum Aiughel Ch. near the mass grave which he dug for the Jews from the "Death train" (afterwards, the bodies were reburied at the Jewish cemetery) © Victoria Bahr - Yahad-In Unum Yahad-In Unum’s team headed by Father Desbois during the interview © Victoria Bahr - Yahad-In Unum The monument to the Jewish victims situated at the Jewish cemetery © Victoria Bahr - Yahad-In Unum

Stop of the "Death Train" Iasi-Calarasi

1 Execution site(s)

Kind of place before:
Pit near railroads

Witness interview

Aiughel Ch. recalls: "Before being put into the train, the Jews from Tȃrgu Frumos had been gathered in a big building. It was a slaughterhouse situated beyond the railroads that doesn’t exist anymore. They were locked there one night till the train arrived. The building was guarded by legionnaires and police. There were about 30 or 40 Jewish families. There was no empty space inside.
YIU: Were there children or only adults?
W: I didn’t see little children 8-10 years of age. I saw only adults -- women, men and elderly people." (Witness N°87, interviewed in Tȃrgu Frumos, on December 04, 2013)

Historical note

It is a small town in the Moldavian region of Romania, near the city of Iaşi. In 1930, according the the census, 1,608 jews lived in the town.

Holocaust by bullets in figures

In Târgu Frumos, in the automn of 1940, all Jewish men, aged from 18 to 50 years old, were subjected to forced labor. Many were sent to the work camp Tudoreni-Rechita, situated in Botoşani county; others were deported to Transnistria. Targu Frumos was a 24 hours stop of the "Death train" going to the Călăraşi camp. On 1 July, 1941, as the train arrived 654 bodies were removed from the train in and transported to the local Jewish cemetery where they were buried.

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