About Yad Vashem
The report of the International Commission on the Holocaust in Romania was submitted to President Ion Iliescu in Bucharest on November 11, 2004
The International Commission on the Holocaust in Romania was created by President Ion Iliescu in October 2003 to examine the history of the Holocaust in Romania. The Commission’s purpose was to establish a true and accurate picture of this period in Romanian history, and to disseminate its findings in Romania and abroad.
Comprising recognized historians and public figures from the United States, Romania, France, Germany and Israel, the Commission was backed by the American Jewish Committee, B’nai Brith, the US Holocaust Memorial Museum and Yad Vashem.
The Commission was chaired by Nobel Laureate and Vice-Chairman of the Yad Vashem Council, Prof. Elie Wiesel, with Israel State Archivist Dr. Tuvia Friling, General Mihail E. Ionescu of the Romanian Institute of Political Defense Studies and Military History, and Dr. Radu Ioanid of the US Holocaust Memorial Museum acting as Co-Vice-Chairmen.
“A terrible danger is hovering over our heads. We are about to be sent to the Ukraine on foot…Imagine our situation when one has to walk all this way on foot – the days being so cold – with a small child…. If only I could see you one more time…”
(last letter of Ida Goldish, October 1941, Yad Vashem Archive)