Romanian Institute for Research on National Minorities

The Romanian Institute for Research on National Minorities (RIRNM) is located in Cluj-Napoca, Romania. A governmental public institution, RIRNM’s mission is to study and research the preservation, development and expression of the sociological, historical, cultural, linguistic, and religious identities of national, ethnic and other minorities in Romania.

The project will survey Jewish-related documents in the state archives of nine Transylvanian counties. In coordination with the other Yerusha project active in the region (Leo Baeck Institute), the participating scholars will research records of administrative, judicial, law enforcement and financial agencies, papers of social and political organisations as well as vital registries, school and census documents. The project will result in up to a thousand archival descriptions.

The leader of the project, Ladislau Gyémánt, is emeritus professor of Jewish History at the Babeş-Bolyai University, Cluj-Napoca, Romania. He is the founder and former director of the Dr. Moshe Carmilly Institute for Hebrew and Jewish History, editor of the annual review Studia Judaica, I-XX, Cluj-Napoca, 1990-2014. His main works include: The Jews of Transylvania in the Age of Emancipation 1790-1867, Bucharest: Enciclopedica, 2000; The Jews of Transylvania. A Historical Destiny, Cluj-Napoca: CST, 2004; Sources and Testimonies on the Jews in Romania, III/1-2, Bucharest: Hasefer, 1999.