The name “Transnistria” was first used to refer to the eastern Bessarabia region in the Second World War, when Romania claimed it for itself and the Axis. In a much forgotten part of the Holocaust, the Jews of Odessa, Transnistria, and the surrounding areas were reduced from 300,000+ to just 64 people living in Odessa alone.
Read more at this blog, written for my Russian History course. It is one entry of many that delve into the History of Odessa as a center for the creation of Russian and Jewish culture. Professor gave it an A+!