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Romania honors writer Rodion Markovits

Romania honors writer Rodion Markovits

Review by Christos T. Panagopoulos

The 160 year old house located at Ghertea Mica, where Jewish origin writer, Rodion Markovits, used to live will be bought by the county authorities and turned into a museum of the Judaism of Northern Transylvania.

The director of the Satu Mare based County Center for Preservation and Promotion of Traditional Culture (CJCPCT), Felician Pop, told a news conference, that the great writer, whose works were translated in 17 languages, during the interwar times will be commemorated on August 27th at the 65 years since he passed away, and a commemorative plaque will be attached to the house, where he used to live, and talks will start viewing the acquisition of this building.

“We'd like to buy this 160-year old house, and open a museum of the Judaism in North Transylvania, in here. We want to commemorate a great writer who wrote beautiful things about Satu Mare. We believe we'll bring to light a large part of the valuable past of this place. We are experiencing an ethnic agitation caused by hazardous statements. Rodion Markovits is a good example; he was a Jewish writer who wrote about the Romanians. In his stories, the reader can find an extraordinary cohesion, and his works are also documents of Hassidic wisdom, a fabulous description of the world of the Town”, stressed Pop.

Rodion Markovits was born at Gherta Mica, in 1884 and he unexpectedly died, while asleep, in 1948.

His masterpiece novel, “Siberian Garrison”, written in 1927 depicts the life during the World War I, and it was a successful work of the interwar times, and it was translated into 17 languages.

Source: Agerpres

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