In the late 1930’s, there were eight thousand Jews in Rădăuți (pronounced RA-da-uts), a small town in the Bukovina region of Romania. They were shopkeepers and tradesmen — shoemakers, barbers, hatmakers, tailors, jewelers — a vital community of several generations. They thought of themselves as Jews first, Romanians second — but Rădăuți was their home. Six thousand of these people perished during World War II; some died
in concentration camps, most of them did not survive the hardships of deportation to Transnistria. At the end of the war a few came back; they found their homes gone and the life they had known swept away.