“Our commitment must be to remember the victims who perished, respect the survivors still with us, and reaffirm humanity's common aspiration for mutual understanding and justice.”
-- Declaration of the Stockholm International Forum on the Holocaust
Diana Dumitru is Associate Professor of History at Ion Creangă State Pedagogical University in Chişinău and one of the few Moldovan scholars working on the Holocaust. Drawing on oral history and archival sources, her comparative research on Jewish–Gentile relations in Bessarabia and Transnistria sheds light on the important differences between local civilians’ attitudes and reactions during the Holocaust under Romanian authority: help for starving Jews in the camps of Transnistria, but also – as in Pepeni or Cepeleuți in summer 1941 – participation in pogroms and massacres in Bessarabia. Diana Dumitru’s publications include “The State, Antisemitism, and Collaboration in the Holocaust” (forthcoming), as well as articles in Holocaust and Genocide Studies, Yad Vashem Studies, and World Politics.
See a USHMM Podcast with Diana Dumitru here.