Case 216

The Itzkovitz Family

*** Content Warning: child victims, racial violence, gun violence, war themes ***

Eliahu Itzkovitz spent much of his childhood confined behind the walls of Romania’s Chișinău Ghetto – a place where he and other Romanian Jews were held prisoner by their government. The ghetto’s inhabitants were routinely robbed, beaten, raped, and even killed by guards, police, and civilians emboldened by the country’s anti-Semitic leaders.

When 10-year-old Eliahu witnessed the slaughter of his family at the hands of one particularly malicious guard, he swore revenge. Eliahu’s oath ultimately took him on a 13-year, cross-country journey that ended in a conflict-ridden Vietnamese jungle, bringing him face-to-face with a man he remembered as Stănescu.



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Final Report. International Commission on the Holocaust in Romania – Wiesel, Elie



Military Justice Law 5715-1955, Israel

Defense Service Law 5709-1949, Israel



Street without Joy – Bernard Fall

Legion of Strangers – Charles Mercer 

La Légion étrangère – André-Paul Comor 

Excerpts from Eliahu Itzkovitz: La vengeance d’un enfant juif – Joshua Gabriel Saada & Djemâa Chraïti, as found on Djemâa Chraïti’s blog – Regards Croises 

The Holocaust in Romania: The Destruction of Jews and Gypsies Under the Antonescu Regime, 1940-1944 – Radu Ioanid

Dien Bien Phu: The First Indo-China War, 1946 – 1954 – Anthony Tucker Jones



The Holocaust in Romania: The Extermination and Protection of the Jews Under Antonescu’s Regime – Kshyk, C. J.



Jew’s 10-year hunt for family’s killer – Birmingham Daily Post

Adventures of a young defector from the army – Herut

An Israeli had tracked down his family’s executioner and he ended up killing him in IndochinaLe Monde

Wants to film Itzkovitz’ story  Voice of the People

World Press – In a nutshell – B’nai B’rith Messenger



Ghettos: Memories of the Holocaust: Kishinev (Chișinău) – American-Israeli Cooperative Enterprise 

The Kishinev Ghetto – Ella Romm

Israeli Defense Force

Foreign Legion Recruitment (French Foreign Legion)

History: 3rd Foreign Infantry Regiment (French Foreign Legion)



Regards Croisés Blog – Djemâa Chraïti

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