Farewell, Moldova!

On our last common day in Moldova Achim, Petra and I went from Bălţi (Beltsy) back to Chişinău (Kishinev). We decided to take a western route to visit the Jewish cemetery in Făleşti (Faleshty).

It was a sunny spring day, even if the wind was cold. We drove through the green hills of Moldova with its tree-lined roads – a landscape that became dear to us. Făleşti is a small town in the far west of the country; it was not difficult to find the Jewish cemetery. It certainly does not belong to the spectacular cemeteries of Bessarabia, but as many cemeteries it offers a beautiful view towards the countryside.

Back in Chişinău we met with Irina Shihova – the director of the Jewish museum – whom we had already met at the very beginning of the journey. Two weeks have passed and we have seen and experienced incredibly much. We have seen great places and experienced a wonderful country. A cliché about Moldova says it is one of the poorest countries in Europe. That may be true, but it says nothing about the inhabitants of Moldova and its rich history. A part of history we explored and it was worth doing it. There are good reasons to return.

Achim and Petra will travel to Romania, I will fly back to Germany tomorrow early in the morning. Farewell, Moldova!

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6 thoughts on “Farewell, Moldova!

  1. Hi,
    My family is from Falesti, and I am looking for someone to be able to check for my ancestors that are buried in the Falesti cemetery. Would anyone like to do a Mitzvah? I have two family names that I am looking for. Goldentaer and Landes, but not sure if the tombstones have last names or not, especially the older ones from the mid 1800’s. Is the cemetery in good condition? Would anyone know of anyone that can help take pictures of a few people that are buried there? Are there also burial records may be held in the local Jewish Museum to help make it easier to find them? Please let me know, thanks!

  2. My Grandmother was born in Falesti but we are not Jewish. I had my DNA checked hoping it would show something, but it did not…. Was there two sections to the city Jewish and German or did they live together? I know my family they were forced to leave or else. My Grandmother’s Uncle did not leave and the story goes he was sent to Siberia and never heard of again…

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