We chose Romanian-born Mira Kovács as our Portrait of the Month subject this month, because October 9th marks the National Day of Commemorating the Holocaust in Romania. Originally observed in 2004, the date marks the beginning of Jewish deportations from Romania in 1942. It is observed as a way of remembering the Jews and Romani who were killed during the Holocaust and to reflect on the role of Romania in the deportations and arrests.
On October 9th, 2005 the Elie Wiesel National Institute for Studying the Holocaust in Romani was opened with the mission of researching and reporting on Romania’s role in the Holocaust. Read more about the Institute and read more about Mira below.