Author(s): Olga Ştefan Language: English, Romanian Year of publication: 2022 Page Range: 209 ISBN: - E-ISBN-13: 978-973-0-33064-9
Subject(s): modern history
SALVA-VISEU 1948: THEN AND NOW takes us back through the decades and not only exposes a beautiful never-before-seen series of images representing a landscape in the process of modernization, but also introduces us to some of the last survivors who experienced that era personally. A section of interviews with workers on the site or locals who benefited from the railway, and a Brigadier from the Medical School in Bucharest, offers a broad perspective on the many touched by this national project. What is striking, however, is the complete silence of the locals regarding the massive deportation of Jews from these areas, people who had been their neighbors and who had almost all been exterminated during the war, leaving a void behind. This palpable silence calls for an examination of the role of the bystander in the Holocaust. The book also contains a selection of period articles that offer a glimpse into the atmosphere, language, and preoccupations of the day, including the party’s goal to unite all workers and eliminate chauvinism and bigotry.