- Leova is also another name for Liuva.
|First attested||13 March 1489|
|• Mayor||Vitalie Gargaun, since 10 July 2015|
|Elevation||45 m (148 ft)|
|Time zone||EET (UTC+2)|
|• Summer (DST)||EEST (UTC+3)|
|Area code(s)||+373 263|
Leova (Russian: Леóва) is a city in Moldova, located 92 km southwest of the national capital, Chișinău. It is the administrative center of Leova District. The city is situated on the east bank of the river Prut bordering Romania.
Before World War II, the city counted 2,326 Jewish inhabitants, about a third of the entire town population. Later the Soviets started deporting citizens of their newly annexed territories to Siberia, including Zionist leaders and wealthy Jews. In June 1941 some Jews sensed war was coming and fled east, into central Asia. Other able bodied men joined the fight against the Germans by enlisting in the Soviet Army. When the Germans occupied the city, on June 22, 1941, Jews who stayed were executed and some were interned in a concentration camp near the city of Cahul.
The ethnic structure of the city according to the 2004 census:
- Rabbi Dov Ber Friedman (1822–1876)
- Idel Ianchelevici (1909–1994)
- Ion Aldea Teodorovici (1954–1992)
- Victor Toma (1922–2008)
- Daniela Marin (1999-)
Twin towns — Sister cities
Leova is twinned with:
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