Gura Humorului

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Gura Humorului
Town
Gura Humorului is located in Romania
Gura Humorului
Location of Gura Humorului
Coordinates: 47°33′14″N 25°53′21″E / 47.55389°N 25.88917°E / 47.55389; 25.88917Coordinates: 47°33′14″N 25°53′21″E / 47.55389°N 25.88917°E / 47.55389; 25.88917
Country  Romania
County Suceava County
Status Town
Government
 • Mayor Marius Ioan Ursaciuc (National Liberal Party)
Population (2002)
 • Total 15,837
Time zone EET (UTC+2)
 • Summer (DST) EEST (UTC+3)
Church in Gura Humorului

Gura Humorului is a town in northern Romania. It is in Suceava County in the southern part of Bukovina. The population of Gura Humorului was 15,728 as of 2006.[1] The mayor is Marius Ioan Ursaciuc of the National Liberal Party. On May 11, 1899, there was a disastrous fire which destroyed most of the town, more than 400 houses and businesses were lost in the blaze. It was a World War I battlefield between Austrian and Imperial Russian troops until the Russians were driven out in 1917.

Between 1960 and 1963 the fossils of prehistoric fish, about 1.90 metres long were discovered in rocks near the town. The fish was an unknown Palaeorhynchus, a kind of mackerel, which lived about 30 million years ago. It was named Palegrhynchus humorensis, after the city. The area was made a special reserve in 1973.[2]

On October 10, 1941, during World War II, 2945 Jewish men, women and children were sent from Gura Humorului to Transnistria. Most of these people died in the concentration camps. Only about 100 returned to the town after the war, and most of these people then moved to Israel. The former residents have sent money to repair the Jewish cemetery, and the one surviving synagogue.[3]

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  1. "Population of Gura Humorului, Romania". Mongabay.com. 2006. http://population.mongabay.com/population/romania/676527/gura-humorului. Retrieved 2009-11-13.
  2. "The discovery of the stone Pinului" (in Rumanian). City History Gura Humorului. http://www.gurahumorului.info/. Retrieved 2009-11-13.
  3. Silverbush, J. (2005). "List of Holocaust Victims from Gura Humorului". Gura Humorului Necrology. http://www.jewishgen.org/Yizkor/gura1/gur203.html. Retrieved 2009-11-13.