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Mr. Adrian Cioflâncă

Tziporah Wiesel Fellow
"Indifference, Complicity, and Solidarity during the Holocaust in Romania: Social Attitudes towards the Pogroms in Bucharest, Iaşi, and Dorohoi"

Professional Background

Adrian Cioflâncă is a Ph.D. candidate at the A.D. Xenopol Institute of History in Romania. He received an M.A. in history of international relations and a B.A. in history from ‘Al. I. Cuza’ University in Iaşi, Romania. For his Tziporah Wiesel Fellowship, Mr. Cioflâncă conducted research for his project, “Indifference, Complicity, and Solidarity during the Holocaust in Romania: Social Attitudes towards the Pogroms in Bucharest, Iaşi, and Dorohoi.”

Mr. Cioflâncă is the author of several article including “History and Justice: A German Model for the ‘Trial of Communism’” in Caietele Echinox (2007); “Towards a Cultural Genealogy of the Propagandist Communist Model” in Andi Mihalache and Adrian Cioflâncă’s In Media Res. Studii de istorie culturală (‘Al. I. Cuza’ University in Iaşi Publishing, 2007); “Landmarks for the History of the Romanian Communist Youth Union” in Anuarul Institutului di Istorie (2007); “The Study of Political Rituals: An Historiographic Retrospective” in Ritualuri politice în România modernă (2006); and “The ‘Grammar of Exculpation’ in Communist Historiography: Distortion of the History of the Holocaust under Ceauşescu” in editors Alexandru Zub and Adrian Cioflâncă’s Political Culture and Cultural Politics in Modern Romania (‘Al. I. Cuza’ University in Iasi Publishing, 2005). He is co-editor of five volumes and also the co-author of The Final Report of the Presidential Commission for the Analysis of the Communist Dictatorship in Romania (Humanitas, 2007) and The Final Report of the International Commission on Holocaust in Romania (Polirom, 2005). Mr. Cioflâncă has participated in several international academic conferences and is the recipient of many awards and fellowships, including research grants from the “Elie Wiesel” National Institute for the Study of Holocaust in Romania and the Europa Institut, a grant of the National Council for Scientific Research and two Grants of the Romanian Academy. Mr. Cioflâncă has native fluency in Romanian and has a proficient in French.

Fellowship Research

During his tenure at the Center, Mr. Cioflâncă studied Romanians’ reactions to the pogroms taking place against the Jews in Romania from 1940 to 1941. He studied the different reactions—complicity, hostility, indifference, disapproval, opposition, solidarity, etc.—as well as the predictors of these attitudes, including religion, ethnic status, education, occupation, ideological orientation, and material interest. He conducted a comparative study of the pogroms of Dorohoi, Bucharest, and Iaşi in order to reveal the role of the different actors involved in the pogroms. He also examined how the public reacted to these events, and how these reactions varied by region and differed under the Antonescu regime and in the first years after he was overthrown. Mr. Cioflâncă conducted research using the Museum’s archival collections such as the Selected Records from the Romanian National Archives, the Records of the Presidency of the Council of Ministers of Romania, and the Records from the Jewish Center in Romania, among others.

Mr. Cioflâncă was in residence at the Mandel Center from January 2 to July 30, 2009.